Lot 18
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Mercator, Gerard and Jodocus Hondius

50,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • L'Atlas ou Méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure diceluy. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1613
  • Paper
Second French text edition, folio (460 x 250mm.), engraved architectural title with overslips, double portrait of Mercator and Hondius, 4 engraved divisional titles, 150 mostly double-page engraved maps with contemporary hand-colour, titles, maps and initial letters heightened with gold, contemporary calf, housed in custom clamshell box, occasional minor repair and strengthening, mainly at folds, occasional spotting and discoloration, binding repaired at extremities


Amalia, Fürstin von Gallitzin, book-label; sale in these rooms, 24 June 1988, lot 289 


Koeman II, Me23A; Van der Krogt 1:112

Catalogue Note

A LANDMARK CARTOGRAPHICAL WORK WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE. Begun by Mercator in 1595, publication of the atlas was continued by Jodocus Hondius who purchased Mercator's plates in 1604. In 1606 the first Amsterdam edition of the Mercator Atlas appeared and from then to 1638 the atlas saw many enlarged editions in various languages. This is the first French edition to be published after the death of Jodocus Hondius in 1612.

Gerard Mercator is one of the greatest figures of cartography: his influence on the way we perceive the world is still felt today through his innovative projection of the globe, which has been used by navigators ever since its invention in 1569. Further to this, Mercator also coined the phrase "atlas" and his complete work of 1595 is the first collection of maps to carry this appellation.