Auction 160, Lot 595

Full Original Color

"Italia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Italy

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 14.6 inches
47.2 x 37.1 cm

This fine map of Italy includes the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and part of Sicily, as well as the western coast of Croatia. Italy is filled with towns, lakes, rivers and mountains. The map features a sailing ship, a sea monster, navigator's dividers over the distance scale, and a decorative strapwork cartouche with a wind head. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #7000:1A.

Condition: B

Full original color with light color offsetting and marginal soiling. There are professional repairs to a long separation along the centerfold with some small areas of loss through central Italy and the Gulf of Venice with image skillfully replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/16/2016