"Siciliae Regnum", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Sicily, Italy
Period: 1609 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
18.9 x 13.3 inches
48 x 33.8 cm
This is a strikingly graphic map of the Kingdom of Sicily, and the first plate to appear in Mercator's Atlas. The map is filled with topography and towns, including Palermo, Syracuse, Messina, as well as the erupting Mt. Aetna. The map is decorated with a strapwork cartouche and a moire patterned sea. French text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #7510:1A.
Full contemporary color on watermarked paper with a hint of toning along the centerfold and several damp stains confined to the blank margins.