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Auction 151, Lot 1

Famous Portraits of Mercator and Jodocus Hondius

"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Hondius

Subject: Title Pages - Portraits

Period: 1623 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 15.3 inches
45.2 x 38.9 cm
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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.


Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color, light soiling, a long extraneous crease that has been pressed flat, two tiny worm holes, and a few tiny abrasions. There are several large chips and tears confined to the blank margins that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300


Closed on 11/19/2014