Auction 142, Lot 398

"Europa, ad Magnae Europae Gerardi Mercatoris P. Imitationem, Rumoldi Mercatoris F. Cura Edita, Seruato Tamen Initio Longitudinis ex Ratione Magnetis, quod Pater in Magna sua Universali Posuit", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Europe

Period: 1600 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Sive Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.5 x 15 inches
47 x 38.1 cm

A beautiful map in Mercator's strong engraving style with the seas filled with waves and the land dotted with tiny cities. All of Europe is depicted, as well as Americae Pars, Greenland, Iceland, a Polar landmass, along with the mythical islands of Frisland, Drogeo, and Bradain. A large strapwork title cartouche completes the sheet. Latin title on verso.

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Condition: B+

Bold original color on watermarked paper with a centerfold separation at bottom that extends 1.2" into the map and an adjacent 3/4" tear that have both been closed on verso with old paper. There is a short unrepaired edge tear in the bottom blank margin. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 11/28/2012

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