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Auction 94, Lot 11

"Typus Orbis Terrarum, Ad Imitationem Universalis Gerhardi Mercatoris…", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach

Subject: World

Period: 1596 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 8.5 inches
31.2 x 21.6 cm
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Quad's version of Mercator's planispherical map of 1569, with the addition of the figure of Christ in an oval frame in the top left quadrant of the map. The North American continent is shown overly large and South America is depicted with the incorrect bulge on the western coast. Quad also retains the mythical islands of 'Groclant', 'Thule', 'Frischlant', and 'S. Brandam' around Greenland. Large landmasses are shown at both poles, and there is a distinct Northern Passage to Asia. Boldly engraved frame border containing both the title at top and a quotation from Cicero at bottom. $1,700 RESERVE

References: Shirley #197.

Condition: A

Couple of minor spots in margin.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 3/7/2001