"Galliae Tabule Geographicae", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1619 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
8.8 x 12.5 inches
22.4 x 31.8 cm
This title page is from the Galliae (France) volume of Gerard Mercator's Atlas. The beautifully designed sheet is in the Mannerist style, composed of elaborate scrolls and volutes which are characteristic of this style, as well as decorative fruits, flowers, birds, and masks. At the top of the rectangular centerpiece is the portrait of a king, possibly representing Charlemagne, who was King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans.
References: Shirley (TP) #17; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1:01.
A nice impression with moderate toning and minor foxing.