C1636

Candia cum Insulis aliquot circa Graecia / Corfu, Zante, Milo, Nicsia, Santorini and Scarpanto

Early map of Crete from the Gerard Mercator atlas with Latin text on the verso. Blaeu, Latin. Edition, from 1640 From: Hondius, Mercator, Gerardi Mercatoris – Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Denuo auctus Editio Quinta. H. Hondius. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Candia cum Insulis aliquot circa Graecia / Corfu, Zante, Milo, Nicsia, Santorini and Scarpanto

Date:

C1636

Condition:

Small repair at lower centre fold, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

480mm 
x 337mm

Paper Size: 

593mm 
x 490mm
AUTHENTICITY
Candia cum Insulis aliquot circa Graecia / Corfu, Zante, Milo, Nicsia, Santorini and Scarpanto - Antique Map from 1636

Genuine antique
dated:

1636

Description:

Early map of Crete from the Gerard Mercator atlas with Latin text on the verso.

Blaeu, Latin. Edition, from 1640

From: Hondius, Mercator, Gerardi Mercatoris – Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Denuo auctus Editio Quinta. H. Hondius.

 

References:
Zacharakis, C. A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece 1477-1800. Athens 2009: 2214/1454.
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1967. Volumes I-V: I, 7900: 1A.2..


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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Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

One of the most influential mapmakers of the Golden Age of mapmaking. Blaeu was born at Uitgeest or Alkmaar, the son of a herring salesman and destined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in Mathematics and Astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596 he was a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and qualified as an instrument and globe maker. In 1600 he discovered the second ever variable star now known as P Cygni. On his return to the Netherlands, he made published his own maps and world globes. He ran his own printing works which allowed him to continually update his own atlases such as his, Atlas Novus published in 1635. In 1633 he was appointed map-maker for the VOC . He died in Amsterdam in 1638 and his business was continued by his two sons, Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu.

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