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[Mercator's Classic map of the British Isles]

image of Anglia, Scotia et Hibernia.


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MERCATOR, Gerard.
Anglia, Scotia et Hibernia. Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1623, Latin text edition. Coloured. 335 x 415mm. Repaired tear in the left margin, just entering the printed border; centerfold reinforced on verso, restoration at top and bottom margins not affecting the printed area.
Gerard Mercator had already died when this map first appeared in an atlas, in 1595. His heirs sold his stock to Jodocus Hondius, who issued his first Mercator atlas in 1606. This example comes from an edition published by Jodocus's younger son. The map has been compiled from various sources, each the best available for each region: England and Wales are based on Saxton; the east coast of Ireland is taken from the Laurence Nowell map prepared for William Cecil in the 1560s; and Scotland from Mercator's own wall map from 1564. The strapwork title cartouche and the florid engraving of the names of the seas make this a very striking map. KOEMAN: ME 27A; SHIRLEY: British Isles 180.
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