America sive India Nova, ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Universalis imitationem in compendium redacta. Per Michaelem Mercatorem Duysburgensem
Publisher: Hondius, Jodocus
Description: Map. Copper engraving with modern hand coloring. Image measures 14 1/2" x 18".
Comments: This beautifully vibrant map features the Western Hemisphere, surrounded by four roundels containing the map's title (lower right) and three insets of individual areas of North America: the western shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Florida, and Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. This map was rendered by Michael Mercator, grandson of Gerardus Mercator, and was the only map he is known to have made. This Latin edition was published c. 1613-1630 and is notable for its attention to detail along the coastlines, with place names arranged with lovely symmetry. In addition, the prominent depiction of a Northwest Passage illustrates contemporary beliefs in the existence of a direct route to the East. The map is in good condition with full margins and has reinforcement on the lower portion of the original fold. Michael Mercator (c.1567-1600), belonged to arguably the most famous family of mapmakers of all time. This map is a fine exemplar of the Mercator legacy. Jodocus Hondius bought Mercator's plates in 1604 and continued to issue this map. (Burden 87)Type: Maps & Prints
Book ID: 232758