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Auction 171, Lot 11

Famous Portraits of Mercator and Jodocus Hondius with Gilt Highlights

"Gerardus Mercator... Iodocus Hondius... ", Hondius

Subject: Frontispiece - Portrait

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 14.9 inches
44.2 x 37.8 cm
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Coletta Hondius engraved this exquisite portrait in tribute to her late husband, Jodocus Hondius, who is shown seated opposite his predecessor, Gerard Mercator. The two great Dutch mapmakers are depicted surrounded by the implements of their trade. The fine portrait is set within an elaborate strap work frame that encompasses a map of Europe. It appeared in the Atlas from 1613 onwards. Embellished with gilt highlights. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with minor professional repairs along the centerfold and some light abrasions at bottom. There is light printer's ink residue and minor soiling in the margins.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500


Closed on 2/6/2019