Auction 127, Lot 67

"Americae Descrip.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1637 (circa)

Publication: Historia Mundi

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 6 inches
19.8 x 15.2 cm

Charming reduced version of the Americas map that Hondius engraved for Gerard Mercator's folio atlas. It is a combination of various cartographic sources. North America is greatly enlarged with a Plancius type depiction of Newfoundland and a protruding Virginian coast, and the west coast separated by only a narrow strait from Asiae Pars. South America is shown with a more or less correct western coastline and there is a large southern continent incorporating New Guinea and Tierra del Fuego. Decorated with sea monsters, sailing ships, and a strapwork title cartouche. English text on verso.

References: Burden #153.

Condition: A+

A very dark impression with printer's ink residue in the plate.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300


Closed on 2/25/2009