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Old antique world map by Rumold Mercator

Item number:03113
Category:Antique maps > world and polar regions
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***   Mercator's world map from the rare first edition of his atlas - with text beneath the map   ***


Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Quam ex Magna Universali Gerardi Mercatoris . . . Rumoldus Mercator fieri curabat A° M.D.LXXXVII. - Gerard Mercator, 1595

Old world map by Rumold Mercator.


Cartographer: Gerard Mercator

Date of first edition: 1587
Date of this map: 1595

Copper Engraving
Size: 29 x 52.5 cm (11.42 x 20.67 inch) (height x width)
Verso: Blanco
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, new side margins, stained in centre.
Condition Rating: B
References: Shirley (World), 157; Van der Krogt 1, 0001:1A; Karrow, 56/17.10; Clancy, p.68 Map 5.11

From: Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Gerardo Mercatore Rupelmundano ... Dusseldorpii Excudebat Ambertus Busius Illustrissimi Ducis Iuliae, Cliviae, Montis, &c. Typographus, Sumptibus haeredum Gerardi Mercatoris Rupelmundani, Anno 1595. (Van der Krogt 1, 1:011) - First edition of Mercator's world atlas.

Gerard Mercator's great world map of 1569 was condensed into double hemispherical form by his son Rumold. It first appeared in Isaac Casaubon's edition of Strabo's Geographia published in Geneva in 1587 with columns of text beneath the map. Later Rumold's map was incorporated into editions of Mercator's long-lived and influential Atlas from 1595 onwards.

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