Auction 139, Lot 418

"[Southern Scotland]", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Atlas, sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi…Pars Altera

Color: Hand Color

18 x 14 inches
45.7 x 35.6 cm

This is the southern portion of Mercator's two-sheet map of Scotland, Scotiae Regnum. The cartography shows the influence of an earlier map by Nicolas de Nicolay. Mercator's depiction of Cape Wrayght or Faro Head was to influence maps of Scotland for almost two centuries. The map is richly engraved with a moiré pattern to the seas and strong topographical features in the interior. The map is decorated with a single sailing ship and stands on its own with complete borders. French text on verso with title La II Table d'Ecosse.

References: Moir, p. 166.

Condition: B+

Original color with wide margins and light toning. A few spots and stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 2/15/2012