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MERCATOR,G./ HONDIUS,J. - Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.

MERCATOR,G./ HONDIUS,J. - Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.
Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio. - MERCATOR,G./ HONDIUS,J.
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Title : Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio..
Map maker : MERCATOR,G./ HONDIUS,J..
Date : Amsterdam, 1630.
Size : 14.4 x 15.5 inches. / 36.7 x 39.3 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :The classic map of the Arctic region, representing the late Medieval concept of four islands surrounding a centralized whirlpool. This polar depiction was an expansion of the concept shown on his earlier world map, but augmented by the polar explorations and discoveries of Martin Frobisher (1576-1578) and John Davis (1585-1587).
California is identified as Spanish territory and El streto de Anian is clearly shown.
In this, the second state of the map, the plate has been re-engraved to reflect the discoveries of Willem Barentsz (1594-96) in Nova Zembla, Spitzbergen and the insularity of Greenland. Mercator was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain under Gemma Frisius, Dutch writer, astronomer and mathematician.
The excellence of his work brought him the patronage of Charles V, but in spite of his favor with the Emperor he was caught up in the persecution of Lutheran protestants and charged with heresy, fortunately without serious consequences.
No doubt the fear of further persecution influenced his move in 1552 to Duisburg, where he continued the production of maps, globes and instruments.
Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Entry 22a, Plate 15
Condition : The center fold has been undelaid for protective reasons. Otherwise a nice and dark printing with rich colors, in very good condition.
Wide margins.

ID: 90774

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