Auction 88, Lot 40

"Americae Descrip.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.7 x 5.7 inches
19.6 x 14.5 cm

A reduced version of the America 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 Virginia coast. South America is shown with a more or less correct western coastline, and there is a large southern continent at the south pole. German text on verso. Decorated with sea monsters, sailing ships, and a strapwork title cartouche. Ref: Burden #153. Trimmed to neatline at top and right (with paper added to right and bottom margin). Very faint damp stain.

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Condition: B

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 10/2/1999

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