Beautiful old color example of Jodocus Hondius Map of Andaluzia Spain from the Mercator-Hondus Atlas. From Cadiz,Seville,Malaga Marbella etc. This is one of the finest early Dutch maps of the region. The map extends on the coastline from Farson to the Straits of Gibraltor and east to the coastal city of Almeria. The map includes a Sailing Ship, Sea Monster, and wonderfully detailed topography.

This map is from a French Edition.

V good original colour.

Very good condition.


From: Gerardi Mercatoris - L'Atlas ou méditations Cosmographiques de la Fabrique du Monde et Figure d'Iceluy. Commencé en Latin par le très docte Gerard Mercator, parachevé per Jodocus Hondius. Amsterdam, 1609. (Van der Krogt 1, 111)

code : M2157

Cartographer : GERARD MERCATOR

Date : 1620c Amsterdam

Size : 36*50cms

availability : Sold

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Originally a student of philosophy Gerard Mercator (1512-1594). He became an expert in land surveying and cartography, as well as a skilled engraver.His first maps were published in 1537 (Palestine), and 1538 (a map of the world), although his main occupation at this time was globe-making. He later moved to Duisburg, in Germany, where he produced his outstanding wall maps of Europe and of Britain. In 1569 he published his masterpiece, the twenty-one-sheet map of the world, constructed on what is now known as Mercator's projection.

It was during this period, while teaching cosmography at Duisburg, that Mercator realised the pressing need for a modern collection of maps to supersede the Ptolemaic atlases. This project was gradually expanded to be a complete description of the Universe, both heaven and earth, with other volumes on the Creation, Genealogy and History and a Chronology. The description of the earth was to be in two parts, a modern geography and a Ptolemaic atlas, a massive and over-ambitious project. In fact, only the Chronology and the Ptolemaic Geographia were completed in his lifetime, and it was left to his son, Rumold, to complete and publish the world atlas in 1595. Entitled Atlas, sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi, this was the first time the name "Atlas" was applied to a bound collection of maps, and, like Mercator's projection, has remained in everyday use to this day.

After Rumold's death in 1599, the plates for the atlas were published by Gerard Jr. Following his death in 1604, the printing stock was bought at auction by Jodocus Hondius, and re-issued well into the seventeenth century.

The Atlas Minor was reprinted,reengraved by many 16th century Dutch cartographers including Cloppenberg, Jansson etc.