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A good example of the great Gerhard Mercator's map of Austria extending from passau to Presburg either side of the Danube. 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. His "Atlas" of world maps became the concept followed by centuries of map publishers.
region: Maps of Central Europe
mapmaker: G. Mercator
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1589-1623
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colourref: 23870
size in mm: 325 by 495mm (12.75 by 19.5 inches).
literature: Koeman/van der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, I, map 2710:1A.1
Price: £ 350
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