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Auction 178, Lot 553

Famous Portraits of Mercator and Jodocus Hondius in Full Contemporary Color

"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Frontispiece, Portrait

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 15 inches
44.5 x 38.1 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+

Full contemporary color with light soiling, a few small holes that have been archivally repaired, and light extraneous creasing.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 6/10/2020