C1595
 (1619)

America siue India nova : ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Vniversalis imitationem in compendium redacta.

One of the most famous maps of the Americas. After the death of the great mapmaker Gerard Mercator in 1594, it was left to his son Rumold to complete the last part of Atlantis Pars Altera that Mercator had begun and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

America siue India nova : ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Vniversalis imitationem in compendium redacta.

Date:

C1595
 (1619)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 330mm

Paper Size: 

580mm 
x 415mm
AUTHENTICITY
America siue India nova : ad magnae Gerardi Mercatoris aui Vniversalis imitationem in compendium redacta. - Antique Map from 1595

Genuine antique
dated:

1619

Description:

One of the most famous maps of the Americas. After the death of the great mapmaker Gerard Mercator in 1594, it was left to his son Rumold to complete the last part of Atlantis Pars Altera that Mercator had begun and which later became known as the Mercator Atlas. This map was made by Mercator’s grandson Michael and is the only one known to be by him. Beautifully engraved in a hemispherical format, surrounded by an intricate floral pattern with four rondels in each corner. The one at lower right contains the title America or New India and includes his name. The other three are of: the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti). The geography is based on Rumold Mercator’s world map of 1587 and contains prevailing geographical theories and errors, including: the large inland lake in Canada, two of the four islands of the North Pole, the bulge of the western coast of South America and the large southern landmass named Terra Australis Nondum Cognita.

References:

Allen p.73, ill. p.73, Burden I, 87 Pl 87 p.112, Goss 19, Portinaro p.126 Pl LX T, Koeman I, Me 22.

Collections:
National Library of Australia,  Bib ID2637149

Gerard Mercator (1512 - 1594)

Mercator was one of the most important and influential of c.16th map makers. A geographer, cosmographer and is best known for creating the 1569 world map based on a new projection (named after him) which represented sailing courses of constant bearing (rhumb lines) as straight lines. His knowledge of geography came from his library of over one thousand books and maps, from travellers and from his vast correspondence (in six languages) with other scholars, statesmen, travellers, merchants and seamen. Mercator's early maps were in large formats suitable for wall mounting but in the second half of his life, he produced over 100 new regional maps in a smaller format suitable for binding into his Atlas of 1595. This was the first appearance of the word Atlas in reference to a book of maps.

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