"Das Wiflispurgergou", Mercator, Gerard
Subject: Southwestern Switzerland
Period: 1585 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 14.1 inches
47.2 x 35.8 cm
The southwestern part of Switzerland is the focus of this detailed map showing Geneva, Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchatel, Lake Biel, Bern, Freiburg, and Lake Thuner. It is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche and a ship sailing in Lake Geneva. This is Mercator's first map of the region, which was updated in 1636. Latin text on verso, published between 1585-95 in either Mercator's Tabulae Geographicae or his heirs Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi...
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4920:1A.1.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with two pairs of small worm holes at the bottom of the centerfold as well as light toning along the centerfold.