Auction 139, Lot 23

"Typus Orbis Terrarum, ad Imitationem Universalis Gerhardi Mercatoris…", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: World

Period: 1597 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 8.5 inches
31.2 x 21.6 cm

Quad's version of Mercator's planispherical map of 1569, with the addition of the figure of Christ in an oval frame in the top left quadrant of the map. The North American continent is shown overly large and South America is depicted with the incorrect bulge on the western coast. Quad also retains the mythical islands of Groclant, Thule, Frischlant, and S. Brandam around Greenland. Large landmasses are shown at both poles, and there is a distinct Northern Passage to Asia. Boldly engraved frame border containing both the title at top and a quotation from Cicero at bottom.

References: Shirley #197.

Condition: A

Two small paper repairs in blank margins, with light show-through of text on verso and minor soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 2/15/2012