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Auction 114, Lot 18

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1607 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

8 x 5.2 inches
20.3 x 13.2 cm
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Handsome double hemisphere map based on Mercator's famous world map with several updates. Terra Australis Incognita fills the Southern Hemisphere and connects to New Guinea in the region of Australia. Mercator's Northwest Passage and interesting polar islands have been replaced with a non-descript landmass. The eastern coast of Asia has been revised to include a Korean Peninsula. The map is richly decorated in a strapwork surround with the title at top and Hondius' favorite quotation from Psalms at the bottom. Latin text on verso with an accompanying sheet of text.

References: Shirley #259.

Condition: A

Fine impression and original color. Soil in margins with rough paper edge at right.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $850

Closed on 3/1/2006