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Cornubia, Devonia / Warwicum, Northhamtonia

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Cornubia, Devonia / Warwicum, Northhamtonia : G. Mercator

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A striking pair of maps of southern England and Wales, the product of two of the most significant mapmakers in cartography. Gerard Mercator had used information from Christopher Saxton, the author, 1579, of the first "national" atlas to produce maps of sections of England and Wales for inclusion in his "Atlas". However Gerard had died in 1594 and it was his son, Rumold, who completed the collection and published the first edition in 1595. The maps are well detailed, extending as far north as Aberystwyth, Warwick and Norwich. Both maps have elaborate title cartouches, the southwestern map showing the sea with a stipple effect, the southeastern showing the silky "moire" effect so distinctive of the period. The southwestern map carries Mercator's signature indicating his own work in the engraving of the copperplate. Both maps have attractive strong original colour and, despite minor paper flaws at edges, are nice examples.
mapmaker: G. Mercator  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1595-1611
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 365 by 470mm (14.25 by 18.5 inches).
ref: 37937

Price: £ 1800

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