Auction 137, Lot 646

"Italia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Italy

Period: 1609 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 14.5 inches
47 x 36.8 cm

This fine map of Italy includes the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and part of Sicily, as well as the western coast of Croatia. Italy is filled with towns, lakes, rivers and mountains. The map features a sailing ship, a sea monster, navigator's dividers over the distance scale, and a decorative strapwork cartouche with a wind head. French text on verso.


Condition: B+

Nice color with a few small cracks due to oxidation of green color that have been closed on verso with tissue. Two short tears in blank margin at top have also been closed on verso with tissue. Chip in bottom-left corner, far from map image. Overall, very good.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/14/2011