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Auction 106, Lot 70

"Americae Descrip.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.7 x 6 inches
19.6 x 15.2 cm
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Charming reduced version of the Americas map Hondius engraved for Gerard Mercator's folio atlas. It is a combination of various cartographic sources. North America is greatly elongated with a Plancius type depiction of Newfoundland and a protruding Virginian coast. South America is shown with a more or less correct western coastline and there is a large southern continent incorporating New Guinea and Tierra del Fuego. Decorated with sea monsters, sailing ships, and a strapwork title cartouche. German text on verso.

References: Burden #153.

Condition: A

Small tear in lower blank margin.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $900

Closed on 3/3/2004