"Biscaia et Legio", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1621 (published)
Publication: Atlas Minor
Color: Hand Color
7.1 x 5.3 inches
18 x 13.5 cm
Charming little map of northern Spain covering the region from Aviles to the border with France and inland to include Zamora and Tordesillas. Title cartouche flanked with winged mermaids and strapwork distance scale. A fanciful little sea monster, with a bird's head and a fish tail, is shown frolicking in the Bay of Biscay. Latin text on verso.
Lovely original color. Light toning and a tiny hole in margin, well away from map.