"Helvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confoederatis", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1610 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 13.7 inches
46.5 x 34.8 cm
This is an early, handsome map of Switzerland with two strapwork cartouches. The map presents a graphic image of the mountainous region with its many large lakes. The map plates for Mercator's Atlas were bought in 1604 by Jodocus Hondius who, with his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, published enlarged editions that dominated the map market for the following twenty to thirty years.
Original color with some toning and an old repair on a small tear near Lucerne. There is some chipping and minor edge tears (2 closed with cello tape) not affecting the map.