Auction 154, Lot 528

"Helvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confaederatis", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 13.9 inches
47.2 x 35.3 cm

This is an early, handsome map of Switzerland with two strapwork cartouches. The map presents a graphic image of the mountainous region with its many large lakes. The map plates for Mercator's Atlas were bought in 1604 by Jodocus Hondius who, with his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, published enlarged editions that dominated the map market for the following twenty to thirty years. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4900:1A.1.

Condition: B

Full original color on watermarked paper with moderate toning and light scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/16/2015