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Auction 181, Lot 615

"Asia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Asia

Period: 1621 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 6 inches
19.3 x 15.2 cm

Small version of Hondius' important map of the continent and the East Indies. Korea appears as a long island and an exaggerated Gulf of Cambay distorts the Indian subcontinent. The extreme eastern part of the map shows a bit of the coastline of America with the label Americae Pars separated from Asia by the Anian Fretum. The map is decorated with a pair of strapwork cartouches for the title and scale of miles. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) 8000:351; Yeo #21.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a lightly toned sheet with some printer's ink residue at center and marginal foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/10/2021