Auction 140, Lot 11

One of the First Thematic World Maps

"Designatio Orbis Christiani", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1607 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.8 inches
19.1 x 14.7 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). This is from the first edition, with Latin text on verso.

References: Shirley #260.

Condition: B+

There are a few faint spots and the map has been professionally remargined at top right with a small amount of neatline in facsimile. Cardinal directions written in manuscript ink in blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/23/2012