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Auction 97, Lot 1

"Gerardus Mercator … Iudocus Hondius …", Hondius

Subject: Portrait

Period: 1620 (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 that encompasses a map of Europe. The scene was engraved by Coletta Hondius and appears in the Atlas from 1613 onwards.


Condition: B

This is a strong fine impression with attractive old color. Professionally backed with Japanese tissue to repair centerfold and several tears in the margins, a couple of which intruded into the image.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/5/2001