"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Hondius
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…
Color: Hand Color
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 strap work 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.
Sharp impression and very fine coloring. There is a minor printer's crease just right of the upper centerfold and some minor spots in the wide original margins, not near the image.