Auction 112, Lot 73

"Americae Descrip.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1609 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

7.7 x 6 inches
19.6 x 15.2 cm

Charming reduced version of the Americas map that 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: B

Couple of faint spots, else very good.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/28/2005