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    The Only Map Attributed to Gerardus Mercator's Grandson, Michael

    Michael Mercator. America sive India Nova. Ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris avi Universalis imitationem in compendium redacta. [Amsterdam: Hondius, 1595, actually 1613-1630].
    Taken from either the 1613, 1623, or 1630 editions of Hondius (identified by the page number "39" and signature "M" on the verso), identical to the very scarce 1595 first appearance. Latin text on verso. Hand-colored map (presumed later hand-coloring). Initial "Q" on verso also hand-colored. Approximately 15.75 x 20.75 inches. Some toning, one large vertical crease down the center, watercolor stain at upper right corner (presumably done during coloring process), paper reinforcement of center crease on verso, as well as tape reinforcement on margins at verso. An excellent example.

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    "After the death of Gerard Mercator in 1594 it was left to his son Rumold to publish the last of three parts that formed his famous atlas... The atlas was finished with a number of maps engraved by various descendents of Gerard. The task of the American map was given to his grandson Michael. The only printed map known to be by him, it is beautifully engraved.... The general outline is taken from Rumold Mercator's world map of 1587, with a little more detail added." (Burden). The added details include the possible first appearance of the Great Lakes ("Mare Dulcium Aquarum"), and three lovely insets depicting Cuba and the southern tip of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula, and Haiti and the West Indies. Burden 87.

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    October, 2012
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