Auction 165, Lot 513


"[Lot of 3] Bavaria [and] Palatinatus Rheni [and] Wirtenberg", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Southern Germany

Period: 1635 (published)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

7.1 x 5.5 inches
18 x 14 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 three regional maps of southern Germany. Each map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche and a distance scale. English text on verso. Sizes vary slightly.

A. Bavaria. Map of southeastern Germany, bounded by Regensburg in the north, Augsburg in the west, and Passau and Salzburg in the east. Munchen is just west of center.
B. Palatinatus Rheni. The Rhine River flows down the center of the map, from Mainz in the north to Pforzheim in the south.
C. Wirtenberg. The Rhine River flows at top left, from Heidelberg to Strasbourg, with the Danube at bottom right, extending east of Ulm.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #2500:351, #2620:351, #2650:351.

Condition: A

Nice impressions with light toning along the edges of the sheets and some small chips and tears also along the edges. The map of <i>Palatinatus Rheni</i> has two short tears that just enter the map border at top and have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $85

Closed on 11/15/2017