Auction 133, Lot 12

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1607 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.8 x 5.3 inches
19.8 x 13.5 cm

Hondius' reduced version of Mercator's famous world map includes several updates. Terra Australis Incognita fills the Southern Hemisphere and connects to New Guinea in the region of Australia. Mercator's Northwest Passage and interesting polar islands have been replaced with a non-descript landmass. The eastern coast of Asia has been revised to include a Korean Peninsula. The map is richly decorated in a strapwork surround with the title at top and Hondius' favorite quotation from Psalms at the bottom. German text on verso.

References: Shirley #259.

Condition: B+

Some soil and damp stains, mostly confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Unsold

Closed on 9/1/2010

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