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Auction 164, Lot 452

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

Subject: Europe

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15.1 inches
47 x 38.4 cm
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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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning, a professionally repaired centerfold separation at bottom, and a short tear in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/13/2017