"Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae Tabule Geographice", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1606 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 11.3 inches
19.1 x 28.7 cm
This handsome sheet introduced the section of Mercator's famous Atlas that contained maps of Italy and Greece. The title is enclosed in an architectural framework. At the top of the pediment, an eagle holds a wreath around Janus, the two-faced Roman god who is associated with doorways and beginnings.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1:104.2.
Contemporary color on a lightly toned sheet with marginal soiling and a small chip in the right blank margin that has been repaired with archival materials.