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MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J. - A New Description of the Shyres Lothian and Linlitquo. Be T.Pont.

MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J. - A New Description of the Shyres Lothian and Linlitquo. Be T.Pont.
A New Description of the Shyres Lothian and Linlitquo. Be T.Pont. - MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J.
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Title : A New Description of the Shyres Lothian and Linlitquo. Be T.Pont..
Map maker : MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J..
Date : Amsterdam, 1633.
Size : 14.5 x 21.3 inches. / 36.8 x 54.0 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :A Scottish clergyman, Timothy Pont's survey of Scotland of 1595-1608 made that country the best mapped in the world. However it was not until Blaeu issued the maps as Volume V of his 'Theatrum' in 1654 that the core of his work was published. Robert Gordon, who revised the maps for Blaeu, wrote that Pont "was defeated by the avarice of printers and booksellers, and could not bring it to a conclusion. While waiting for better times, he was snatched away by premature death".
This map of the environs of Edinburgh is the only map engraved before he died, sometime between 1611 and 1614, aged 50. The Edinburgh bookseller Andrew Hart paid for it to be engraved by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam, just prior to Hondius' death in 1612. Whether it was published at the time is doubtful. It eventually appeared in the Mercator/Hondius atlas in 1630, still with the dedication to James I who had died five years before.
This example comes from the second state, post-1633, with the names of Jodocus Hondius & Hart removed and 'Henricus Hondius excudit' in their place.

Condition : Paper slightly age-toned as usual, especially the centerfold area. Overall in good condition.


ID: 199817

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