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Auction 156, Lot 460

"Daniae Regnu", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Denmark

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 14.8 inches
44.2 x 37.6 cm

This is Mercator's first map of Denmark and southern Sweden, which became the standard map of the region for the 17th century, and was replaced in 1636. The seas are engraved in a moiré pattern with a sea monster at bottom left. The legendary city of Wineta (Vineta) is shown off the Pomeranian coast near Damerow. This fabled trading city is mentioned in ancient texts and legends and in the 16th century it began to appear on printed maps of the Baltic, in a variety of locations. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1500:1A.1.

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning and minor foxing.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/17/2016