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Maps by Gerard Mercator

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Originally a student of philosophy Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) came under the influence of Gemma Frisius, the founder of the Belgian school of Geography, and became interested in mathematics - both in the theory and the practical application. With these skills he soon 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.
 

World Maps   Europe Maps   Asia Maps   America Maps   British Isles Maps   English County Maps B-K   Ireland Maps & Charts   Scotland Maps & Charts   Title Pages  

World Maps

Universalis Tabula Juxta Ptolemeum
Universalis Tabula Juxta Ptolemeum

By Cl.Ptolemy / G.Mercator of Cologne?, 1578-1584, copperplate, uncoloured, 340 x 475 mm

Ref: 34959

Price: £ 5000

Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum
Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum

By Cl. Ptolemy / G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1578-1618, copperplate, uncoloured, 350 by 490mm (13¾ by 19¼ inches). mm

Ref: 37600

Price: £ 4500

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

By R. Mercator / G. Magini / G. Porro of Cologne, 1597, copperplate, uncoloured, 155 by 240mm (6 by 9.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41290

Price: £ 650

Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio
Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio

By R. Mercator / G. Rosaccio / Lasor a Varea of Padua, 1598 - 1713, copperplate, coloured, 170 by 250mm (6.75 by 9.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41369

Price: £ 480

Europe Maps

Regionum Urbium Et Fluminum ..Meurs region
Regionum Urbium Et Fluminum ..Meurs region

By J. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1606-1623, copperplate, original outline colour, 360 by 500mm (14.25 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 23885

Price: £ 385

Helvetia Cum Finitimis Regionibus Confederatis
Helvetia Cum Finitimis Regionibus Confederatis

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1585-1623, copperplate, original outline colour, 355 by 475mm (14 by 18.75 inches). mm

Ref: 23375

Price: £ 550

Siciliae Regnum
Siciliae Regnum

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607, copperplate, original colour, 345 by 480mm (13.5 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 41516

Price: £ 650

Livonia
Livonia

By G.Mercator / H.Hondius of Amsterdam, 1595-1627-30, copperplate, original o/l colour, 360 x 470 mm

Ref: 37816

Price: £ 500

Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia Cum Dalmatiae Parte
Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia Cum Dalmatiae Parte

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1636, copperplate, original colour, 355 by 460mm (14 by 18 inches). mm

Ref: 39904

Price: £ 380

Tab. II. Asiae Sarmatiam Asiaticam Repraesentans ...
Tab. II. Asiae Sarmatiam Asiaticam Repraesentans ...

By Cl.Ptolemy / G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1578-1704, Copperplate, coloured, 355 x 455 mm

Ref: 9070

Price: £ 350

Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio
Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1595-1630, copperplate, coloured, 365 by 390mm (14.25 by 15.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41282

Price: £ 1850

Asia Maps

Asiae VI Tab:
Asiae VI Tab:

By Cl. Ptolemy / G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1578-1618, copperplate, uncoloured, 345 by 490mm (13½ by 19¼ inches). mm

Ref: 38295

Price: £ 2850

India Orientalis
India Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Cloppenburgh. of Amsterdam, 1630-1632, copperplate, coloured, 190 by 260mm (7.5 by 10.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41381

Price: £ 300

China
China

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607, copperplate, coloured, 160 by 200mm (6.25 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40957

Price: £ 400

Iaponia
Iaponia

By G. Mercator / P. Van Den Keere of Amsterdam, 1628-, copperplate, coloured, 140 by 190mm (5.5 by 7.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41750

Price: £ 350

Insulae Indiae Orientalis
Insulae Indiae Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607, copperplate, uncoloured, 150 by 200mm (6 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40952

Price: £ 420

L'Indie Orientale. India Orientalis
L'Indie Orientale. India Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607, copperplate, coloured, 160 by 200mm (6.25 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40958

Price: £ 360

India Orientalis
India Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607, copperplate, uncoloured, 160 by 200mm (6.25 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40959

Price: £ 360

Les Isles Molucques / Insulae Indiae Orientalis
Les Isles Molucques / Insulae Indiae Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1630 -, copperplate, coloured, 160 by 200mm (6.25 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40961

Price: £ 360

Die Indianische Insulen  Insulae Indiae Orientalis
Die Indianische Insulen Insulae Indiae Orientalis

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1630 -, copperplate, coloured, 160 by 210mm (6.25 by 8.25 inches). mm

Ref: 40963

Price: £ 340

Fretum Magellanicum
Fretum Magellanicum

By G. Mercator / J. Cloppenburgh. of Amsterdam, 1630, copperplate, coloured, 190 by 260mm (7.5 by 10.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41383

Price: £ 280

America Maps

Americae Descriptio
Americae Descriptio

By R.Mercator of Antwerp, 1628, copperplate, uncoloured, 160 x 205 mm

Ref: 38015

Price: £ 420

L'Amrique / Americae Descriptio
L'Amrique / Americae Descriptio

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1630 -, copperplate, coloured, 160 by 210mm (6.25 by 8.25 inches). mm

Ref: 40964

Price: £ 420

Nova Virginiae Tabula
Nova Virginiae Tabula

By G.Mercator / J.Hondius / J.Cloppenburg of Amsterdam, 1630-1673, Copperplate, original colour, 180 x 250 mm

Ref: 36540

Price: £ 720

Virginiae Item Et Floridae Americae Provinciarum Nova Descriptio
Virginiae Item Et Floridae Americae Provinciarum Nova Descriptio

By G.Mercator / J.Hondius / J.Cloppenburg of Amsterdam, 1630-1673, Copperplate, original colour, 180 x 250 mm

Ref: 36541

Price: £ 720

Virginia & Florida  Nova Virginiae Tabula
Virginia & Florida Nova Virginiae Tabula

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1630 -, copperplate, coloured, 150 by 200mm (6 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40962

Price: £ 450

British Isles Maps

Eboracum, Lincolnia, Derbia, Staffordia, Notinghamia ...
Eboracum, Lincolnia, Derbia, Staffordia, Notinghamia ...

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1595-1623, copperplate, original colour, 360 by 425mm (14.25 by 16.75 inches). mm

Ref: 23398

Price: £ 480

Cornubia, Devonia / Warwicum, Northhamtonia
Cornubia, Devonia / Warwicum, Northhamtonia

By G. Mercator of Antwerp, 1595-1611, copperplate, original colour, 365 by 470mm (14.25 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 37937

Price: £ 1800

Cornubia, Devonia, Somersetus, Dorcestia ...
Cornubia, Devonia, Somersetus, Dorcestia ...

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius / J. Cloppenburg of Amsterdam, 1630 - 1673, copperplate, coloured, 200 by 260mm (7.75 by 10.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41467

Price: £ 260

Anglesey, Ins. / Wight Ol.Vectis / Ins. Garnsey / Ins. Jarsey
Anglesey, Ins. / Wight Ol.Vectis / Ins. Garnsey / Ins. Jarsey

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1607-, copperplate, coloured, 130 by 170mm (5 by 6.75 inches). mm

Ref: 30198

Price: £ 180

English County Maps B-K

Cornubia, Devonia, Somersetus, Dorcestria, Wiltonia ...
Cornubia, Devonia, Somersetus, Dorcestria, Wiltonia ...

By G.Mercator / H.Hondius of Amsterdam, 1636-1644, copperplate, original colour, 365 x 465 mm

Ref: 27599

Price: £ 450

Ireland Maps & Charts

Udrone Irlandiae In Caterlag Baronia
Udrone Irlandiae In Caterlag Baronia

By G.Mercator / H.Hondius of Amsterdam, 1595-1636, copperplate, original o/l colour, 340 x 275 mm

Ref: 37297

Price: £ 300

Irlandiae Regnum
Irlandiae Regnum

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1595-, copperplate, original colour, 335 by 410mm (13.25 by 16.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41519

Price: £ 900

Scotland Maps & Charts

Scotia Regnum
Scotia Regnum

By G. Mercator of Amsterdam, 1595 -, Copperplate, original colour, 345 by 400mm (13.5 by 15.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41760

Price: £ 720

Scotia
Scotia

By G. Mercator / J. Hondius of London, 1607 - 1651, copperplate, coloured, 150 by 190mm (6 by 7.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41902

Price: £ 300

Title Pages

[Title-Page] Germaniae Tabule Geographicae ...
[Title-Page] Germaniae Tabule Geographicae ...

By G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1585-c.1610, copperplate, original colour, 230 x 160 mm

Ref: 23018

Price: £ 260

[Title-Page] Italiae Sclavoniae, Et Graeciae ...
[Title-Page] Italiae Sclavoniae, Et Graeciae ...

By G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1589-c.1610, copperplate, original colour, 285 x 170 mm

Ref: 23019

Price: £ 280

[Title-Page] Italiae, Sclavoniae, Et Graeciae Tabule Geographice
[Title-Page] Italiae, Sclavoniae, Et Graeciae Tabule Geographice

By G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1589-1623, copperplate, original colour, 290 x 190 mm

Ref: 23936

Price: £ 260

[Title-Page] Germaniae Tabule Geographicae ...
[Title-Page] Germaniae Tabule Geographicae ...

By G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1585-1623, Copperplate, original colour, 225 x 165 mm

Ref: 35628

Price: £ 260

[Title-Page] Belgii Inferioris ...
[Title-Page] Belgii Inferioris ...

By G.Mercator of Amsterdam, 1585-1623, Copperplate, original colour, 225 x 165 mm

Ref: 35629

Price: £ 260