"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Hondius
Subject: Title Pages - Portraits
Period: 1638 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 14.8 inches
43.9 x 37.6 cm
Coletta Hondius engraved this exquisite portrait in tribute to her late husband, Jodocus Hondius, who is shown seated opposite his predecessor, Gerard Mercator. The two great Dutch mapmakers are depicted surrounded by the implements of their trade. The fine portrait is set within an elaborate strap work frame that encompasses a map of Europe. It appeared in the Atlas from 1613 onwards. Latin text on verso.
Lovely color with gilt highlights, light toning, and a couple of tiny holes along centerfold, only visible when held to light.