Walachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania

Gerard Mercator (*1512 - 1594)
Old coloured map of the Eastern Balkans with Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. Printed in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius in 1607.

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Old coloured map of the Eastern Balkans by Jodocus Hondius. Shows the Wallachia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, in the south Macedonia, in the east the west coast of the Black Sea. First published in the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1606, this is the early edition of 1607-08 with the title cartouche without the coat of arms. With beautiful old colouring.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitleWalachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania
Publisher, YearJodocus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1607-08
Plate Size34.7 x 46.6 cm (13.7 x 18.3 inches)
Sheet Size41.0 x 52.0 cm (16.1 x 20.5 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 7602:1.1


Lower cenrefold backed. Very good conditions with beautiful old colours.


Gerard Mercator (Kremer) was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain. He drawn his first map in 1537 and became a cartographer and globe maker. In 1552 he moved to Duisburg, Germany where he published his famous 18-sheet world map in 1569 with his own new projection, today called Mercator projection. Later he decided to publish a new edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. Followed by his major work, a 3 volume collection of maps to which the word Atlas was applied the first time. The first volume was published 1585, followed by the second in 1589 and the third one after his death in 1595 by his son Rumold. A second edition of all three parts was published 1602. 1604 Jodocus Hondius acquired the plates and published several edition together with his sons Jodocus II and Henricus until 1633. More editions followed until 1666 by Janssonius who was in partnership with Henricus. Some of the plated where also used by W.J. Blaeu in 1630.

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Old coloured map of the Eastern Balkans with Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. Printed in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius in 1607.

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