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Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio

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Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio : G. Mercator / R. Mercator

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A fine example of an early edition of Gerard Mercator's immensely influential multi-sheet world map of 1569 in its condensed double-hemisphere form by his son, Rumold. The map appeared in some editions of "Strabonis Rerum Geographicarum" in 1587 before being included in Mercator's "Atlas" from 1595. This iconic map has intricate strapwork surrounding the hemispheres with an armillary sphere and compass rose positioned between the spheres. Geographically, Terra Australis encompasses much of the southern hemisphere whilst South America displays a western bulge, and the islands of Nova Guinea and Iapan are named but shown in distorted and oversized outlines. A sailing ship occupies the South Atlantic and sea monsters other blank areas. Lacking any text and pre-dating the development of the distinctive crack in the plate evident in later impressions this is a good, clean and early pre-atlas edition of this important world map.
region: World Maps
mapmakers: G. Mercator   R. Mercator  
place and date of publication: Geneva 1587
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 290 by 520mm (11.5 by 20.5 inches).
ref: 43081
literature: R.W. Shirley, The Mapping Of The World, 157

Price: reserved

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