The Venice of the West in 1715

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294. [MAP]. FER, Nicolas de. Plan de la fameuse et nouvelle Ville de Mexique. Par N. de Fer 1715. [Paris, 1715]. Copper-engraved city plan of Mexico City, full contemporary color and shading. Neat line to neat line (not including title at top above neat line): 22 x 33 cm; plan and title: 22.5 x 33 cm; overall sheet size: 27.5 x 39 cm. With accompanying engraved descriptive text (in French) and numbered key (Description de la Fameuse Ville de Mexique, par N. de Fer 1715...A Paris chez l’auteur avec Privilege du Roy). Old tape stains on verso of plan (barely visible on face of map); some age-toning and browning, engraved Description with tape stains on blank margins, and small chip at top right blank margin

     Lombardo, Atlas histórico de la ciudad de México, plate 130. This attractive, detailed city plan appeared only in the late issues of De Fer’s L’atlas curieux (first edition, Paris, 1700, with five parts, extending to 1717; see Phillips, Atlases 532 & 546). The plan includes a schematic representation of Lake Texcoco and its divisions. The city is still surrounded completely by water. The key on the text leaf identifies 48 locations. The maps and plans of Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720) are highly regarded for their decorative qualities. Fer served as French Royal Geographer.


Sold. Hammer: $275.00; Price Realized: $336.88.

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