Auction 148, Lot 475

"[On 2 Sheets] Scotiae Regnum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

17.9 x 13.9 inches
45.5 x 35.3 cm

The cartography of this beautiful pair of maps of Scotland 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 Hebrides and Orkney Islands are also superbly delineated. The maps are richly engraved with a moire pattern in the seas and strong topographical features in the interior. The northern map is decorated with Mercator's trademark metalwork cartouche, while the southern section is untitled and decorated with a single sailing ship. A matched pair, with French text on verso, published between 1628-33. Size varies slightly.

References: Moir, p. 166; Van der Krogt #5801:1.1 & 1.2.

Condition: B+

Nice impressions with light soiling, archival repairs to several separations along the centerfold, and a couple of printer's creases.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/19/2014