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MERCATOR,R. - Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio.

MERCATOR,R. - Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio.
Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio. - MERCATOR,R.
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Title : Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio..
Map maker : MERCATOR,R..
Date : Amsterdam 1595.
Size : 11.3 x 20.6 inches. / 28.7 x 52.2 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :The rare early edition with text underneath the map. Gerard Mercator's great world map of 1569 was condensed into double hemispherical form by his son Rumold. It first appeared in 1587 and was incorporated into his long-lived and influential Atlas from 1595 to 1602.
Latin text on verso.
By 1603 cracks had developed in the top edge of the plate and by the 1620s these had extended in two places almost completely across the top box containing the title. This particular map has evidence of one crack in the copperplate across the left side of the title.
The engraving is a model of clarity and neatness, with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names. Surrounding the hemispheres is a strapwork border, between them at the top is an armillary sphere and at the bottom an elaborate compass rose.
Shirley, World, 157.
Condition : Paper slightly age-toned. Restoration of split and paper thinness along centerfold, small worm holes in lower text panel re-inforced. Brown spot in the upper right corner. Old colour slightly touched up. Altogether very good condition.

ID: 23650

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