"Morea olim Peloponnesus", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Southern Greece
Period: 1611 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
16.3 x 13.3 inches
41.4 x 33.8 cm
A beautiful and decorative map of the Peloponnesos peninsula in southern Greece. This region was called Morea well into the 19th century. The narrow isthmus that separates the mainland from the peninsula on this map is now bisected by the Corinth Canal, built in 1893, effectively turning the Peloponnesos peninsula into an island. The map is adorned with a decorative strapwork and floral cartouche. Latin text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #7820:1A.1; Zacharakis #1449.
Original color on watermarked paper with minor soiling. There are archival repairs to a centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin and a 4" tear in the right blank margin.