"Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae Tabule Geographice", Mercator, Gerard
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1623 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 11.4 inches
19.1 x 29 cm
This handsome sheet introduced the section of Mercator's famous Atlas that contained maps of Italy and Greece. The title is enclosed in an architectural framework. At the top of the pediment, an eagle holds a wreath around Janus, the two-faced Roman god who is associated with doorways and beginnings.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1:104.2.
On a lightly toned sheet with light dampstaining that is only faintly visible in the engraved image. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.