La Gran Ciudad di Temistitan

Benedetto Bordone (*1460 - 1539)
Antique woodcut map of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City. Printed in Venice between 1528 and 1565.

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Rare and important plan of Mexico City by Benedetto Bordone. Shows Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, which was destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors. The remains of Tenochtitlan are almost completely overbuilt by today's Mexico City. Some ruins of Tenochtitlan can be seen in the historic center of the Mexican capital.

The plan was first published in 1524 and goes back to records of Hernán Cortés. The Cortés Plan of Mexico City is one of the first plans of a city in America. Only the plan of Santo Domingo in the first Epistle of Columbus was drawn before.

From Libro di Benedetto Bordone... de tutte l'isole del mondo..., more commonly known as Isolario of Bordone, which first appeared in Venice in 1528. Three further editions followed in 1534, 1547 and 1565. The maps of all four editions were printed from the same woodblocks in Venice.


CartographerBenedetto Bordone
TitleLa Gran Ciudad di Temistitan
Publisher, YearVenice, 1528-1565
Plate Size16.4 x 16.4 cm (6.5 x 6.5 inches)
Sheet Size30.0 x 20.7 cm (11.8 x 8.1 inches)


Very good condition.


Benedetto Bordone was an Italian cartographer, chart- and mapmaker who worked in Venice during the beginning of the 16th century. He is best known for his Isolario, a geographical, historical and cultural description of the islands of the Mediterranean and the world, which first appeared in 1528. The genre Isolario was very popular in Italy at that time and was intended as an illustrated guide for sailors. Bordone also describes new discoveries in South and North America for the first time in an Isolario. The book contains a record of Pizarro's conquest of Peru, the earliest known printed report of the event. Of particular interest are 12 woodcut maps of America and the earliest map of Japan as an island printed in Europe.

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Benedetto Bordone: La Gran Ciudad di Temistitan.
Antique woodcut map of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City. Printed in Venice between 1528 and 1565.

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