Helvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confoederatis

Gerard Mercator (*1512 - 1594)
Coloured map of Switzerland. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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Beautiful coloured detailed antique map of Switzerland by G. Mercator. With one cartouche and a mileage scale. Covering complete Switzerland with the Lake Constance and Lake Geneva. From a French edition of Mercator-Hondius Atlas published in 1633.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitleHelvetia cum Finitimis Regionibus Confoederatis
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size35.3 x 46.9 cm (13.9 x 18.5 inches)
Sheet Size47.7 x 57.4 cm (18.8 x 22.6 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 4900:1A.1


Very nice example with beautiful coloring. This map has never been framed.


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 Switzerland. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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