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Auction 157, Lot 540

"Austria Archiducatus", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Austria

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 12.6 inches
49 x 32 cm

This densely engraved map of the Danube River valley is the first map of the region engraved for Mercator's Atlas. The map depicts numerous tiny villages, cities, mountains, forests and lakes. The Danube river flows across the center of the map, with Vienna at right. The map extends south to Graz and west past Linz, but not as far as Salzburg. A decorative strapwork cartouche and a simple distance scale grace the map. French text on verso, published between 1613-16.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #2710:1A.1.

Condition: B+

Attractive color on watermarked paper with light toning and light scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins. Centerfold separations confined to the top and bottom blank margins have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/4/2016