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MERCATOR, Gerardus, & Jodocus Hondius.

Atlas Minor.

Plurimis aeneis Tabulis auctus et illustratus: denuo recognit, additisque novis delineationibus emendatus.

Amsterdam, Ex officina Joannis Janssonii, 1634 Stock Code: 130977
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An attractive copy of Mercator and Hondius's Atlas, unrestored in a contemporary binding. In 1628 Joannis Janssonius, spotting a gap in the Dutch market for a small format portable atlas, commissioned this edition, enlisting Abraham Goos and Pieter van den Keere - two of the most accomplished engravers of their day - to engrave the maps. The edition proved successful and underwent numerous printings up to 1651; the maps in this 1634 edition are identical to those of the 1628 edition.

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Description

Oblong quarto (223 x 171 mm). Contemporary vellum, faded manuscript title to spine. Housed in a black cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Illustrations

Engraved title page and 143 full-page maps of the world, the first map with old hand colouring.

Condition

A couple of pencilled marginalia. Vellum soiled, ties on covers now lost, light worming to rear pastedown and last few leaves, front free endpaper loosening a little, contents a little browned in places as usual, light staining to pp. 88-9 and to 609-616, chip to corner of pp. 105/6 and 651/2 without loss. A very good copy.

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