Westfalia cum Dioecesi Bremensi [2 Karten]

Gerard Mercator (*1512 - 1594)
Coloured map of Lower Saxony, Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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Large, two-part map of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia by G. Mercator on two sheets. The northern map shows East Frisia, Oldenburg and Bremen with the North Sea coast between Emden and the Elbe. In the northeast Borkum, furthermore the East Frisian islands Spiekeroog and Wangerooge are marked. The second map in the south shows Westphalia with Detmold, Münster, Osnabrück, up to Wesel in the southeast and Kassel in the southwest. The two sheets are not joined together.

Decorated with a large title cartouche at upper left. From the French edition of the Atlas Novus, printed in 1633.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitleWestfalia cum Dioecesi Bremensi [2 Karten]
Publisher, YearHenricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size35.7 x 45.8 cm (14.1 x 18.0 inches)
Sheet Size48.0 x 56.8 cm (18.9 x 22.4 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2301:1.2 + 2302:1.2


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 Lower Saxony, Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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