Auction 98, Lot 281

"[On 2 Sheets] Scotiae Regnum", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1630 (circa)

Publication: Mercator Atlas

Color: Black & White

17.8 x 13.8 inches
45.2 x 35.1 cm

Superb early pair of maps covering the whole of Scotland. The cartography shows the influence of an earlier map by Nicolas de Nicolay. Mercator's depiction of Cape Wrayght or Faro Head was to influence maps of Scotland for almost two centuries. The map is richly engraved with a moiré pattern to the seas and strong topographical features in the interior. The northern section includes the strapwork title cartouche, while the southern section is untitled and decorated with a single sailing ship. A matched pair, with Latin text on verso, "Scotiae II. Tabula and Scotiae III Tabula."


Condition: A+

Superb impressions, minor flaws in margins, overall very fine.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/6/2002