Auction 162, Lot 525

"Helvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confaederatis", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 13.9 inches
47.2 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. 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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning and two very short cracks that have been archivally repaired on verso. There is a short centerfold separation confined to bottom blank margin and a light crease at bottom left.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $110

Closed on 4/26/2017