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Auction 164, Lot 511


"[Untitled - France]", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: France

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

7.8 x 6 inches
19.8 x 15.2 cm

Attractive small map of France showing major mountain ranges, rivers and cities. Adorned with the royal coat of arms and a strapwork distance scale cartouche. From the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. After acquiring the plates to the 1607 edition of the Mercator/Hondius Atlas Minor, Sparke republished the maps with text translated into English by Wye Saltonstall. Sparke also had 41 additional maps engraved for the Historia Mundi, most of which were copied from Cloppenburg's edition of Atlas Minor, and some were signed by the engravers Jacob van Langren and Ralph Hall. English text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #4000:351.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet and a few tiny chips and tears also along the edges.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/13/2017