Auction 130, Lot 1

"Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabule geographice per Gerardum Mercatorem Illustrissimi Ducis Julie, Clivie, etc. Cosmographum", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1595 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 11.3 inches
19.1 x 28.7 cm

This handsome sheet introduced the section of Mercator's famous Atlas that contained maps of Italy and Greece. The title is enclosed in an architectural framework. At the top of the pediment, an eagle holds a wreath around Janus, the two-faced Roman god who is associated with doorways and beginnings.


Condition: A

Superb original color highlighted in gold. This palette of colors is unique to the early editions of Mercator's atlas. There is a minor crease, else fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/2/2009