Auction 165, Lot 715


"Aegyptus", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1635 (published)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

7.4 x 5.8 inches
18.8 x 14.7 cm

Attractive miniature map of the Nile valley. Hundreds of place names and the pyramids are located. Nicely decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches. Blank 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) #8650:351.

Condition: A

A nice example with a small rust spot adjacent to the distance scale cartouche and minor marginal soiling. There are a couple of small chips along the edges of the sheet, and the bottom edge of the sheet is uncut. The top and bottom margins are a bit narrow, but ample for framing.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 11/15/2017