Auction 154, Lot 583

"Siciliae Regnum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Sicily, Italy

Period: 1623 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 13.5 inches
48.5 x 34.3 cm

This is a strikingly graphic map of the Kingdom of Sicily, and the first plate to appear in Mercator's Atlas. The map is filled with topography and towns, including Palermo, Syracuse, Messina, as well as the erupting Mt. Aetna. The map is decorated with a strapwork cartouche and a moire patterned sea. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #7510:1A.

Condition: A

A bright and clean example with attractive color. There is a stain along the edge of the sheet at left and a crease in bottom left corner.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/16/2015