Old coloured map of Italy. Printed in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius in 1619.

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Very nice old colored map of Italy by Gerard Mercator. With Sardinia and Corsica. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche, a galleon and a sea monster.

The first edition of the map was published 1589 during Gerald Mercator's lifetime in the first partial edition of the Mercator Atlas Italiae, Sclavoniae et Graeciae tabulae geographicae in Duisburg. This example comes from the French edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1619, with French text on verso.


CartographerGerard Mercator
Publisher, YearJodocus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1589 [1619]
Plate Size37.0 x 47.0 cm (14.6 x 18.5 inches)
Sheet Size46.1 x 55.6 cm (18.1 x 21.9 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 7000:1A


Centerfold backed at bottom. Remnants of old tape from mounting. Very good condition with beautiful old coloring.


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 Italy. Printed in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius in 1619.

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