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Auction 189, Lot 321

"Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popaian", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Colombia

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 6.6 inches
23.6 x 16.8 cm
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This is a scarce, small map of Colombia with small portions of Panama and Venezuela. The map is fully engraved to depict the mountainous country and numerous towns and cities. The map is adorned with a compass rose and a strapwork title cartouche. This map is from the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright. After acquiring the plates to the 1607 edition of the Mercator/Hondius Atlas Minor, Sparke republished the maps with text translated into English by Wye Saltonstall. Sparke also had 41 additional maps engraved for the Historia Mundi, including this map of Colombia. Most of these maps were copied from Cloppenburg's edition of Atlas Minor, and some were signed by the engravers Jacob van Langren and Ralph Hall. These additional maps only appeared in the 1635, 1637 and 1639 editions of the Historia Mundi and are therefore quite scarce. English text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9810:351 (Sparke).

Condition: A

A dark impression with printer's ink residue and minor show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/14/2022