Tabulae Geographica (atlas)
1585 & 1589
Copperplate engraving; old coloured
Printed area: 41.5 x 29.8 cm; 16.3 x 11.7 in
Outstanding first edition of a work by Gerard Mercator, published when the author was still alive. The first three segments were first made available in 1585 under the name "Tabulae Geographicae", consisting of "Galiae" (France), "Belgii Inferioris" (The Benelux countries), and Germaniicae" (Germany). The fourth part, "Italiae, Sclavoniae et Graeciae" (Italy, Balkan and Greece) was published four years later. The fifth and last part, "Atlantis Pars Altera" (not part of this edition) was published in 1595, one year after the death of Mercator. The edition offered here contains two more map, presumably authored by Mercator's son, Rumhold. The first is a world map (first Atlas edition), the second a map of Europe. The latter was most likely not intended for publication in an Atlas, as there is no text on verso. One particularity is the map of Lombardy (Lombardiae III. Tab.), as the text on verso is printed inverted to the frontal view. The elaborate leather binding dates back to the 17th Century.
Part I: pp. (x)(of 12)+(8)(index), engraved title and 16 maps;
Part II: pp. (iv)+(4)(index), engraved title and 9 map;
Part III: pp. (iv)+(blank)+(8)(index), engraved title and 26 maps;
Part IV: pp. (ii)+(11)(index), engraved title, portrait of Mercator and 22 maps, plus Rumold Mercator's maps of the World and Europe.
A total of 4 titles, 75 maps and one portrait.
From the Legendary Vladi Collection of Historical Maps which includes 280 examples of the finest quality antique maps brought to auction with proceeds benefiting MapAction, an organization that uses maps and technology to aid those in disaster-stricken areas. Each map is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the consignor.
Condition: A total of 4 titles, 75 maps and one portrait, all in fine original colour. Small restoration to foot of spine. The maps are in excellent condition, light staining; Piedmont map printed upside-down.
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