[Title-Page] Germaniae Tabule Geographicae ...
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Gerard Mercator's project to complete a cartographical description of the entire universe, both heaven and earth, was eventually realised in the "Atlas, Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes De Fabrica Mundi". Mercator intended to produce a modern geography and a Ptolemaic atlas, a massive and over-ambitious project. In fact, only the 'Ptolemaic Geographia' was completed in his lifetime, and it was left to his son, Rumold, to complete and publish the world atlas in 1595. 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. This is the titlepage to the volume of the atlas devoted to maps of Germany. According to Shirley the "early sectional parts of his "Atlas" each had Mannerist titlepages ...".
region: Title Pages
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1585-c.1610
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colourref: 23018
size in mm: 230 x 160
literature: cf. Shirley, Courtiers And Cannibals, 17.
Price: £ 260£ 156
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