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Auction 176, Lot 460

"Germania", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Central Europe, Germany

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.7 x 5.7 inches
19.6 x 14.5 cm
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Nicely detailed small map of the German Empire stretching from Holland to Poland and from Switzerland to Hungary. The map is decorated with an elegant strapwork title cartouche incorporating the distance scale, as well as a sailing ship and a compass rose. 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) #2000:352.1.

Condition: B+

Light toning with a tear that just enters the map image at top and marginal soiling. Narrow right margin, as issued.

Estimate: $95 - $120

Sold for: $75

Closed on 2/12/2020