Subject: Northern Asia
Period: 1635 (circa)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
7.4 x 5.5 inches
18.8 x 14 cm
This handsome small map depicts the northern region of Asia fully engraved with mountains, forests, and towns. It includes part of China and the island form of Korea. The Anian Fretium separates Asia from Americae Pars. The map features a strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches. 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: Moreland & Bannister, p. 98; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8050:351.
A nice impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet and a few small chips and tears also along the edges.