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Auction 152, Lot 385

"Europa, ad Magnae Europae Gerardi Mercatoris P. Imitationem...", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Europe

Period: 1623 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 15.2 inches
47.2 x 38.6 cm
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A beautiful map in Mercator's strong engraving style with the seas filled with waves and the land dotted with tiny cities. All of Europe is depicted, as well as Americae Pars, Greenland, Iceland, a Polar landmass, along with the mythical islands of Frisland, Drogeo, and Bradain. A large strapwork title cartouche completes the sheet. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1A.

Condition: B+

Attractive color with professional repairs to several separations and tears along the centerfold. There are also professionally repaired chips along the centerfold at top and bottom that enter less than 1/2" into image, with a minor amount of image replaced in facsimile. A couple of short tears in the top blank margin have been repaired with old paper on verso, not affecting image.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/18/2015