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Old, antique map of America by G. Mercator

Item number:00131
Category:Antique maps > america > the americas
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America sive India Nova ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris avi Universalis imitationem in compendium redacta. Per Michaelem Mercatorem Duysburgensem. - Mercator G. - Hondius H., 1623.


Old map of the Western Hemisphere by G. Mercator.
With 3 insets, small corner circular maps: Gulf of Mexico; Cuba and Hispaniola.

Engraved by G. Mercators' son, Michael. First edition in Duisburg, 1595.


After the death of the great Gerard Mercator in 1594 it was left to his son Rumold to publish the last of three parts that formed his famous atlas, the Atlantis Pars Altera. The atlas was finished with a number of maps engraved by various descendants of Gerard. The task of the American map was given to his grandson Michael. The only printed map known to be by him, it is beautifully engraved.
It is a hemispherical map contained within an attractive floral design, and surrounded by four roundels, one of which contains the title. The other three contains maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Hispaniola, all spheres of Spanish influence. The general outline is largely taken from Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little more detail added. A few of the most famous theories are still present: a large inland lake in Canada, two of the four islands of the North Pole, a bulge to the west coast of South America and the large southern continent. It does not show any knowledge of the English in Virginia, which is possibly a reflection of their failure by then. A large St. Lawrence River is shown originating half way across the continent. (Burden)

Date of the first edition: 1595
Date of this map: 1623

Copper engraving
Size: 37 x 46cm (14.4 x 17.9 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, old repair in left margin, some light creasing in centre.
Condition Rating: A
References: Burden 87; Van der Krogt 1, 9000:1A, Karrow, 56/17.13; Wagner, 179.

From: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Denuo auctus Editio Quinta. H. Hondius. 1623. (Van der Krogt 1, 105)

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