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Auction 116, Lot 518

"Britannia & Normandia cum confinib. Regionibus", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: France

Period: 1585 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 14 inches
47 x 35.6 cm
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This is a fine early map of Brittany and Normandy decorated with a bold strapwork cartouche, sailing ships and a sea monster. The map provides an excellent view of the cities, villages, rivers, mountains and forests. This map first appeared in 1585 and was then published in Mercator's Atlas Sive Cosmographicae... in 1595. In 1604, the copperplates for the atlas were sold to Jodocus Hondius, who reissued the Atlas beginning in 1606. This example does not have any text on verso.


Condition: B

Early impression with some printer's ink residue and old color. A few small foxing spots in map. Chipping on paper edges, fold separation in top margin, with upper right corner loss, not affecting map. Ink & pencil notations in upper margin.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/20/2006