"[Lot of 6] Picardia [and] Artesia [and] Bolonia [and] Hanonia [and] Picardia [and] Belovacium Comitatus", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Northwestern France
Period: 1635 (published)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
7.3 x 5.3 inches
18.5 x 13.5 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 six maps of northwestern France, including two 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. Picardia. Amiens is just west of center, extending to Cambrai in the northeast and to Laon in the southeast.
B. Artesia. Centered approximately on Arras, this map extends north to Lille and East to St. Quentin.
C. Bolonia. With north oriented to the right, this shows the coastline between Etaples and Gravelines.
D. Hanonia. Shows the region between Douai in the west and Namur in the northeast.
E. Picardia. Shows Amiens in the west, Cambrai in the north, and Laon in the southeast.
F. Belovacium Comitatus. Centered on Beauvais, this extends to Crepy in the southeast.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #3300:351, #3320:351, #4100:351, #4100:351 (Sparke), #4131:351, #4315:351 (Sparke).
Nice impressions with light toning along the edges of the sheets and some small chips and tears also along the edges. The map of Belovacium has some loss of the border at top right due to the plate not being centered properly on the sheet during the printing process.