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Auction 156, Lot 5

Famous Portraits of Mercator and Jodocus Hondius

"Gerardus Mercator ... Iudocus Hondius...", Hondius

Subject: Title Pages - Portraits

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Black & White

17.4 x 15 inches
44.2 x 38.1 cm
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Coletta Hondius engraved this exquisite portrait in tribute to her late husband, Jodocus Hondius, who is shown seated opposite his predecessor, Gerard Mercator. The two great Dutch mapmakers are depicted surrounded by the implements of their trade. The fine portrait is set within an elaborate strap work frame that encompasses a map of Europe. It appeared in the Atlas from 1613 onwards. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling. There are several professionally repaired tears in the blank margins, with one entering 1" into image at bottom.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 2/17/2016