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Auction 176, Lot 408

"Prussia", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Baltic

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.7 inches
19.1 x 14.5 cm
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Delightful small map centered on present-day Kaliningrad and including parts of Poland and Lithuania. The map is fully engraved with rivers, lakes, forests and mountains and is filled with place names. The Baltic Sea is filled with an ornate title cartouche, sailing ships, and a sea monster. French text on verso.

This map was re-engraved for Jan Jansson's editions of the Atlas Minor, published in 5 editions between 1628-48. The copperplates for the original Atlas Minor editions published by Hondius were sold to parties in England between 1621-25. Jansson commissioned Pieter van den Keere and Abraham Goos to engrave new plates, which were close copies of the original editions.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1720:352.1.

Condition: B+

Light toning with faint damp stains confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $110 - $140


Closed on 2/12/2020