Auction 148, Lot 14

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

Subject: World

Period: 1597 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 8.6 inches
31.2 x 21.8 cm

This is 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. A boldly engraved frame border surrounds the map, containing both the title at top and a quotation from Cicero at bottom.

References: Shirley #197.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a professionally repaired tear that just enters map border at bottom and a couple of tiny worm holes, only visible when held to light. There are a few small chips confined to the blank margins that have also been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/19/2014