Auction 169, Lot 507

"Biscaia et Legio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Northern Spain

Period: 1610 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.1 x 5.3 inches
18 x 13.5 cm

Charming little map of northern Spain covering the region from Aviles to the border with France and inland to include Zamora and Tordesillas. Title cartouche flanked with winged mermaids and strapwork distance scale. A fanciful little sea monster, with a bird's head and a fish tail, is shown frolicking in the Bay of Biscay. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #6010:351.

Condition: A

A slightly uneven impression in the borders on watermarked paper with light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/12/2018