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Auction 161, Lot 577

Rare State Published in only Two Editions

"Helvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confaederatis", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 13.9 inches
47 x 35.3 cm

This is an early, handsome map of Switzerland with two strapwork cartouches. The map presents a graphic image of the mountainous region with its many large lakes. This is the second state with updated cartouches, which only appeared in two editions of the Atlas Novus, and is thus quite uncommon. The map plates for Mercator's Atlas were bought in 1604 by Jodocus Hondius who, with his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, published enlarged editions that dominated the map market for the following twenty to thirty years. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4900:1A.2.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet with professional repairs to a few small holes along the centerfold.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/8/2017