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Auction 88, Lot 2

"Gerardus Mercator…Iudocus Hondius…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Title Page - Portrait

Period: 1597 (circa)

Publication: Mercator-Hondius Atlas

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 15 inches
44.5 x 38.1 cm

Exquisite portrait of two of the most important mapmakers during the Dutch dominance of cartography. Gerard Mercator is shown with his successor, Jodocus Hondius, seated at a table surrounded by the implements of their trade. The fine portrait is set within an elaborate strapwork framework, which encompasses a map of Europe. The scene was engraved by Coletta Hondius and appears in the Atlas from 1613 onwards. Beautiful original coloring. Professional repair along centerfold with a bit of the bottom margin filled in. Also a strip of paper laid into right margin 1" from neatline. A bit of scattered foxing affecting mostly the margins and not distracting from this very desirable sheet. $1400 RESERVE


Condition: B

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 10/2/1999