Auction 151, Lot 526

"Nova Famigerabilis Insulae ac Ducatus Rugiae Descriptio...", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Rugen, Germany

Period: 1623 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 14.9 inches
49.3 x 37.8 cm

This striking map of the island of Rugen is filled with decorative elements, and is based on a map by Eilhard Lubbin, a mathematician and cartographer from Rostock. Flanking the map are 30 coats of arms of the leading families on the island. In the top right corner of the map are the coats of arms of Rugen and the Duchy of Pomerania. Additional embellishments include ships, compass roses, sea monsters, and a distance scale supporting large measuring dividers. A crack in the plate is visible adjacent to the title cartouche. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #2192:1A.

Condition: B

A nice impression with attractive color. There are professional repairs to a tear that extends 2" into image at left, 1/2" into image at bottom, and a long centerfold separation at bottom with a small amount of image expertly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $240

Closed on 11/19/2014