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Auction 115, Lot 12

"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

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.

References: Shirley #259.

Condition: A

Clean and bright with fresh color.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/21/2006