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Auction 174, Lot 516

"Polonia et Silesia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Poland

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Black & White

7.1 x 5.5 inches
18 x 14 cm
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This charming map depicts most of present-day Poland. The map is fully engraved to show cities, towns, villages, rivers, and mountains. The strapwork title cartouche incorporates a distance scale. This example appeared in 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. English text on verso, with two sheets of related English text included in the lot.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1900:351.

Condition: A

A few negligible spots and toning along the sheet's edges, well away from map image.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $85

Closed on 9/11/2019