Berghe Ducatus Marck comitatus et Coloniensis Dioecesis

Gerard Mercator (*1512 - 1594)
Coloured map of Westerwald, Cologne, Mark, Berg. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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Beautifully colored map of the triangle of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate by G. Mercator. Shows the Duchy of Berg, the County of Mark and the Archbishopric of Cologne, including Emmerich on the Rhine, Kassel, Mainz, Jülich, Olpe, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. In the center of the map you will find the Westerwald. From the French edition of the Atlas Novus, published in 1633.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitleBerghe Ducatus Marck comitatus et Coloniensis Dioecesis
Publisher, YearHenricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size32.7 x 46.0 cm (12.9 x 18.1 inches)
Sheet Size44.4 x 54.0 cm (17.5 x 21.3 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2385:1A.2


Gugfold backed, tear in lower left margin restored, stained in margins.


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 Westerwald, Cologne, Mark, Berg. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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