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Auction 161, Lot 6

"Typus Orbis Terrarum, ad Imitationem Universalis Gerhardi Mercatoris...", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: World

Period: 1597 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 8.6 inches
31.2 x 21.8 cm

This is Quad's version of Mercator's planispherical map of 1569, with the addition of the figure of Christ in an oval frame in the top left quadrant of the map. The North American continent is shown overly large and South America is depicted with the incorrect bulge on the western coast. Quad also retains the mythical islands of Groclant, Thule, Frischlant, and S. Brandam around Greenland. Large landmasses are shown at both poles, and there is a distinct Northern Passage to Asia. A boldly engraved frame border surrounds the map, containing both the title at top and a quotation from Cicero at bottom.

References: Shirley #197.

Condition: A

A sharp impression with one small rust spot south of California and marginal soiling. There is a chip at top center that has been professionally repaired, and another at top right that has not been repaired, both of which are far from image.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/8/2017