Auction 96, Lot 15

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

Subject: World

Period: 1595 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.1 x 8.5 inches
30.7 x 21.6 cm

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.

References: Shirley #197.

Condition: B

Skillfully repaired worm tracks near centerfold, with facsimile of a bit of the engraved surface.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 9/12/2001