Auction 125, Lot 2

"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Hondius

Subject: Portrait

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 15 inches
44.5 x 38.1 cm

Exquisite portrait of two of the most important mapmakers during the Dutch dominance of cartography. Gerard Mercator is shown with his successor, Jodocus Hondius, seated at a table surrounded by the implements of their trade. The fine portrait is set within an elaborate strapwork frame that encompasses a map of Europe. The scene was engraved by Coletta Hondius, in tribute to her late husband, and appeared in the Atlas from 1613 onwards. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: A

Good impression and fine later color with slight bleed through on verso. Some tears in the blank margins have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/24/2008

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