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Description:An exceptionally beautiful example of Abraham Chatelain's 1719 maps and views on Mexico.This sheet combines two maps and four engraved views with extensive text describing the lands and customs of Mexico. The maps, appearing in the upper right and left quadrants detail central Mexico and Mexico City.The first map located in the upper left, is centered on Mexico City and details from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific and from the Rio de Palmas to Acapulco. The second map, in the upper right, focuses more specifically on Mexico City, revealing the ancient Lake Texcoco, and the cultivated islands that once housed the great Aztec capital.Between the two maps a large view depicts a typical Aztec temple complex. The lower views detail, from left, traditional Aztec dances with a Spanish galleon in the background, human sacrifice, and a general view of Mexico City combining European and Aztec architectural elements. The extensive surrounding text, in French, attempt to describe the customs, peoples, resources, and geography of Mexico
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - White Age of map color: - Later Colors used: - Pink, green, yellow, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 20 3/4in x 17 1/2in (530m x 445m) Plate size: - 17in x 15in (435m x 380mm) Margins: - min. 1in (25mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None