"[Lot of 6] Lyonnois Forest et Beaujolois [and] Burgundiae Duca. [and] Burgundia Comitatus [and] Bresse [and] Sabaudia Ducatus la Savoie [and] Dauphine par Iean de Beins", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Eastern France
Period: 1635 (published)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
9.3 x 6.6 inches
23.6 x 16.8 cm
This matching set of maps 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. Included in this lot are five maps of eastern France, including three of the newly engraved maps. Each map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche and a distance scale. English text on verso. Sizes vary slightly.
A. Lyonnois Forest et Beaujolois. Lyon is shown at bottom center, and the map is oriented with north to the right.
B. Burgundiae Duca. Dijon is shown at center right, with Chalon-sur-Saone to the south.
C. Burgundia Comitatus. This map is oriented with north to the right, and shows Lake Geneva in the south and Dijon in the west.
D. Bresse. Lake Geneva is to the northeast, extending to Lyon in the southwest.
E. Sabaudia Ducatus la Savoie. Lake Geneva is at top center, extending to Grenoble to the southwest.
F. Dauphine par Iean de Beins. Grenoble is near the center, with Lyon at the northwest and Sisteron in the south.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #4750:351 (Sparke), #4770:351 (Sparke), #4800:351, #4810:351 (Sparke), #4870:351, #4880:351.
Nice impressions with light toning along the edges of the sheet and some small chips and tears also along the edges. The maps of Sabaudia and Dauphine each have one very narrow margin due to the plate not being centered properly on the sheet during the printing process.