Auction 137, Lot 28

One of the First Thematic World Maps

"Designatio Orbis Christiani", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1610 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 6 inches
19.1 x 15.2 cm

This is one of the first thematic maps, and it is the second world map in the Mercator-Hondius Atlas Minor. It is on a planispherical projection and uses symbols (identified in the key at bottom) to designate those areas of the world that are Christian (cross), Muslim (crescent), and idolaters (arrow). German text on verso.

References: Shirley #260.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with a few insignificant spots and a light damp stain in upper blank margin, far from map image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2011