Auction 154, Lot 533

"Chorographica Tabula Lacus Lemanni Locorumque Circumiacentium Autore Iac. G. Genevensi", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Lake Geneva

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 12.2 inches
54.4 x 31 cm

This superb map of Lake Geneva is centered on a compass rose that orients the map with north to the lower left corner. The map is filled with minute detail including large agricultural estates, vineyards, parks, fortified cities and tiny villages. It is richly embellished with sail boats and fishermen in the lake, and two decorative cartouches; the dedication cartouche is blank. Earlier editions of this plate contained a panel of portraits in the bottom margin, which were masked off for editions printed after 1609. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4985:1A.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with superb original color, minor color offsetting, and light toning. There is light scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins, and a small chip at top right.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/16/2015