Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Duisburg by Rumold Mercator in 1585 or 1595.

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Early and rare old coloured map of Germany by Gerard Mercator. From the first edition of his famous Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura published in Duisburg in 1595 by his son Rumold. Decorated with a title cartouche, a mileage scale and a sailing ship. Latin text on verso.


CartographerGerard Mercator
Publisher, YearRumold Mercator, Duisburg, 1585 or 1595
Plate Size35.8 x 48.7 cm (14.1 x 19.2 inches)
Sheet Size40.3 x 50.1 cm (15.9 x 19.7 inches)


Overall browning. One stain at lower margin. A good copy of this rare map with old colors.


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 Germany. Printed in Duisburg by Rumold Mercator in 1585 or 1595.

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