Auction 122, Lot 14

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1624 (circa)

Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimmage

Color: Black & White

8 x 5 inches
20.3 x 12.7 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. This is from an edition by Samuel Purchas, with an English title in the left margin and text on verso.

References: Shirley #259.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a sheet with a couple of small rust spots. The margins have some chipping and soil.

Estimate: $550 - $750

Sold for: $475

Closed on 12/5/2007