Auction 160, Lot 462

"Europa, ad Magnae Europae Gerardi Mercatoris P. Imitationem...", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Europe

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 15.2 inches
47.2 x 38.6 cm

A beautiful map in Mercator's strong engraving style with the seas filled with waves and the land dotted with tiny cities. All of Europe is depicted, as well as Americae Pars, Greenland, Iceland, a Polar landmass, along with the mythical islands of Frisland, Drogeo, and Bradain. A large strapwork title cartouche completes the sheet. Latin text on verso, published between 1613-1619.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1A.

Condition: B+

Original outline color with light toning. There is masking tape along the top and bottom sheet edge on verso from a previous framing that has stained the recto, but it is far from the map image.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $550

Closed on 11/16/2016