Auction 129, Lot 2

"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.


Condition: A

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.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500


Closed on 9/23/2009