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Auction 188, Lot 3

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: World

Period: 1607 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.9 x 5.3 inches
20.1 x 13.5 cm
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Hondius' reduced version of Mercator's famous world map includes several updates. Terra Australis Incognita fills the Southern Hemisphere and connects to New Guinea in the region of Australia. Mercator's Northwest Passage and interesting polar islands have been replaced with a non-descript landmass. The eastern coast of Asia has been revised to include a Korean Peninsula. The map is richly decorated in a strapwork surround with the title at top, the word "Jehova" in Hebrew just below, and Hondius' favorite quotation from Psalms at the bottom. Latin text on verso with an accompanying sheet of text.

References: Shirley #259; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0001:351.

Condition: B+

Fine impression with light soil at far right and in margins with rough paper edge at right.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/22/2022