Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 473

"Gallia", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: France

Period: 1600 (dated)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 15.1 inches
50 x 38.4 cm

This scarce map of France is filled with detail of the rivers, mountains, cities and towns. It is richly adorned with a huge, strapwork title cartouche, a coat of arms, sailing ships, a sea monster and a beautiful compass rose. This is the first state with Hondius' imprint and the date "1600" in the cartouche. French text on verso. This map was only published in 4 editions of Mercator's Atlas, and is thus very rare.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4000:1B.1.

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning, a few tiny abrasions along the centerfold, and a short tear in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/17/2016