Engraved title page, 152 [of 153] maps, all with contemporary handcoloring. 684 pp. 4Q2 (pp. 675-6) with paper flaws, remargine
by Mercator, Gerard
Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, [colophon:] Dordrecht: Adrianus Bottius, 1610. Engraved title page, 152 [of 153] maps, all with contemporary handcoloring. 684 pp. 4Q2 (pp. 675-6) with paper flaws, remargined, bound before 4O1 (p. 657); lacking 4Q3 (pp. 677-8 map 150 "Peregrinatio Pauli"). 1 vols. Oblong 4to (9 x 7 inches). Old calf. Finely rebacked preserving spine (gilt tooling refreshed), red morocco label gilt; repair to corner of front board. A superb atlas, internally bright and fresh, in a handsome binding. Engraved title page, 152 [of 153] maps, all with contemporary handcoloring. 684 pp. 4Q2 (pp. 675-6) with paper flaws, remargined, bound before 4O1 (p. 657); lacking 4Q3 (pp. 677-8 map 150 "Peregrinatio Pauli"). 1 vols. Oblong 4to (9 x 7 inches). After the success of Mercator's 1606, "Atlas sive Cosmographia", he set about producing a smaller version, affordable to a far wider population. This "Atlas Minor" first appeared in 1607 and demand for it was so strong editions were soon published in French, Dutch, German, English and even Russian and Turkish. There are several maps here (each with contemporary color) that depict part, or all, of America. They commence with the double-hemisphere map "Typus Orbis Terrarum," followed by "America", "Polus Arcticus", "Hispania Nova", Virginia & Florida", "Cuba", "America Meridionalis", "Fretum Magellanicum", and finally, "Designatio Orbis Christiani." Koeman II Me 189A; Phillips 429 (Inventory #: 303214)
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