Coloured map of Upper Palatinate. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Janssonius in 1653.

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Antique map of the Upper Palatinate (Bavaria) by Gerard Mercator. Shows the north of Bavaria between Nuremberg, Ingolstadt, Furth and Neuhaus. With Regensburg, Neumarkt, Amberg and Straubing. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche.

This beautiful example comes from the rare Spanish edition of the Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius atlas, printed from the same plate that was used for the atlas of 1595. Spanish text on verso.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitlePalatinatus Bavariae
Publisher, YearJ. Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1653-66
Plate Size36.8 x 49.5 cm (14.5 x 19.5 inches)
Sheet Size47.0 x 61.2 cm (18.5 x 24.1 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2670:1.3


Slight damage to the upper margin around the centrefold and a brown stain pasted over. Very good condition.


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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Coloured map of Upper Palatinate. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Janssonius in 1653.

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