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Auction 182, Lot 66

"Americae Descrip.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1621 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.7 x 6 inches
19.6 x 15.2 cm
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This is a charming reduced version of the Americas map Hondius engraved for Gerard Mercator's folio atlas. It is a combination of various cartographic sources. North America is greatly elongated with a Plancius type depiction of Newfoundland and a protruding Virginian coast, and the west coast is separated by only a narrow strait from Asiae Pars. South America is shown with a more or less correct western coastline and there is a large southern continent incorporating New Guinea and Tierra del Fuego. Decorated with sea monsters, sailing ships, and a strapwork title cartouche. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #153; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9000:351.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with minor toning and a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $425

Closed on 4/28/2021