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Publisher: MERCATOR, Rumold.
Title: Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1587
Size: 11.2 x 20.9 inches.
28.5 x 53.0 cm.

Condition: In very good condition, sheet 31,2 x 55,7 cm, on laid paper with ample margins, centrefold as published, sheet flattened and cleaned, verso blank. Some marks top right corner and upper centerfold.
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Full title on a bar above the map in two lines: 'Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Quam ex Magna Universali Gerardi Mercatoris. Domino Richardo Gartho, Geographic ac ceterarum bonarum artium amatori ac fautori summo, in veteris amicitie ac familiaritatis memoria Rumoldus Mercator fieri curabat A.o M.D. Lxxxvii'.
Author: Rumold Mercator (son of Gerard), publisher (at bottom centre:) 'Duysburghi clivorum, Typis Aeneisí, possibly printed in Geneva 1587.

An early world map in two hemispheres surrounded by ornamental decorations, a small armillary sphere at upper center, a compass rose at lower centre.
Gerard Mercator's great world map of 1569 was condensed into a 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. Later also by H. Hondius, 1606.
The first edition of this map was published in 1587 and was included in Casaubon's Strabo Geography. A first state of the rare first edition, 1587, with no text on verso, no signature and no text below the map.

Reference: Shirley, The Mapping of the World - Early Printed World Maps 1472 - 1700, Nr. 157; van der Krogt, Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol. I, 0001:1A

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