A LEAF FROM THE MERCATOR-HONDIUS WORLD ATLAS. 1619 Mercator-Hondius World Atlas, Maps.


Edition of 1619 with an essay by Norman J. W. Thrower. Pp. [viii]+24+[2](colophon, blank), pictorial title page printed in red & black, 5 decorative initials printed in red, black & white pictorial or decorative tailpieces, pictorial endpapers, notes, bibliography; med. folio; qr. vein-patterned vellum, spine lettered in gilt, grey papered boards, decorated in gilt; fore and bottom edges uncut; within black cloth slipcase, which is a trifle marked; Stone & Lorson, Fullerton, California, 1985. Edition limited to 115 copies; this one of 89 thus bound. Hamel 186. *The hand coloured double page map tipped-in at the centre shows Pede Montana regio cum Genvensium territorio (part of modern Italy). The French text on the reverse includes a large decorative initial, and is lightly foxed. The leaf is from the 1619 French edition of Mercator's World Atlas, which was the fourteenth edition of the celebrated cartographer's magnus opus. Parts of the atlas had been printed during Mercator's lifetime, but the entire work was not published until a couple of years after his death in 1594. Item #085473

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