Auction 112, Lot 810

"Mercator A monograph on the lettering of maps, etc. in the 16th century Netherlands with a facsimile and translation of his treatise on the italic hand and a translation of Ghim's Vita Mercatoris", Osley, A. S.

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1969 (dated)

Publication: Faber & Faber Ltd.


9 x 11.5 inches
22.9 x 29.2 cm

Gerard Mercator is best known for the Mercator Projection and the term atlas used for a book of maps. His skill as an engraver and calligrapher is perhaps less widely known, though his treatise on the italic hand is as popular with calligraphers today as it was when first published in 1540. This book examines the origins of the italic hand in the Netherlands and Mercator's influence on the lettering of maps and globes, book production, scientific instruments and illustration. Includes a facsimile and translation of Mercator's treatise on lettering, and a translation of Walter Grim's contemporary biography of Mercator. These are the first translation of these works to be printed in English. Extensively illustrated, 209 pp. First edition. Hardbound in blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and decorated cover, with illustrated dust jacket.


Condition: A

Edges soiled and dust jacket worn.

Estimate: $50 - $80

Sold for: $65

Closed on 9/28/2005