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Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio ... Hieron: Porro Redact:

Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio ... Hieron: Porro Redact: : R. Mercator / G. Magini / G. Porro

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A rare reduction of Gerard Mercator's double-hemisphere world map, showing a depth of finely-engraved detail. Gerard Mercator's world map was condensed into double-hemisphere form by his son Rumold, preserving the bulge to the coast of South America. The hemispheres are surrounded by an elaborate strapwork border; between them lie an armillary sphere and compass-rose. Girolamo Porro was able to preserve an incredible amount of the original detail in his reduction, including text on the Southern Continent. Four lines of verse appear in the lower margin. This is the 'Cologne plate', with a slight change in the engraver's signature from the 1596 edition. A fine example of this elegant engraving.
region: World Maps
mapmakers: R. Mercator   G. Magini   G. Porro
place and date of publication: Cologne 1597
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 155 by 240mm (6 by 9.5 inches).
ref: 41290
literature: Shirley, Mapping Of The World, 202

Price: £ 650

 
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