"Suecia, et Norwegia Etc.", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1635 (published)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
7.4 x 5.2 inches
18.8 x 13.2 cm
Copper engraved map of covering Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Baltic countries. Stipple engraved sea with strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches. English text on verso. This map comes 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 these maps were copied from Cloppenburg's edition of Atlas Minor and are therefore a bit larger, with some signed by the engravers Jacob van Langren and Ralph Hall. These additional maps only appeared in the 1635, 1637 and 1639 editions of the Historia Mundi and are therefore quite scarce.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1210:351.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with light toning along the edges of the sheet and a few tiny chips and tears also along the edges.