Auction 129, Lot 614

"Chorographica Tabula Lacus Lemanni Locorumque Circumiacentium Autore Iac. G. Genevensi", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 12 inches
54.1 x 30.5 cm

This superb map of Lake Geneva is centered on a compass rose that orients the map with north to the lower left corner. The map is filled with minute detail including large agricultural estates, vineyards, parks, fortified cities and tiny villages. It is richly embellished with sail boats and fishermen in the lake, and two decorative cartouches; the dedication cartouche is blank. Earlier editions of this plate contained a panel of portraits in the bottom margin, which were masked off for editions printed after 1609. French text on verso.


Condition: A

The impression is light, else very fine. The top right corner of the blank margin has been professionally restored.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/23/2009