Auction 124, Lot 424

"Scotiae Regnum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerard Mercatoris Atlas

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13.8 inches
45.7 x 35.1 cm

The cartography of this beautiful map of northern Scotland shows the influence of an earlier map by Nicolas de Nicolay. Mercator's depiction of Cape Wrayght or Faro Head was to influence maps of Scotland for almost two centuries. The map is richly engraved with a moiré pattern in the seas and strong topographical features in the interior. The Hebrides and Orkney Islands are superbly delineated. The map is decorated with Mercator's trademark metalwork cartouche. This is the top sheet of a two-part map; it stands on its own and has complete borders. It is from a Latin edition published between 1613 and 1630. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Nice impression and lovely later color in the correct period style with a bit of bleed through in one area.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/7/2008