MERCATOR, GERARD. 1512-1594. & JODOCUS HONDIUS. 1563-1611.
Lot 6040
MERCATOR, GERARD. 1512-1594, & JODOCUS HONDIUS. 1563-1611.
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MERCATOR, GERARD. 1512-1594, & JODOCUS HONDIUS. 1563-1611.
Historia Mundi: or Mercator’s Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World. London: Printed by T. Cotes for Michael Sparke, 1635. [24], 401, [1], 409-599, 520-566, 649-930, [32] pp. Additional engraved title. 182 engraved maps (of 183, without map of New England) in text by Hondius, R. Hall, Pieter van den Keere, and J. van Loon, included a duplicate and three pasted-in maps (one of which is folding). Folio (290 x 182 mm). Modern full brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, gilt-stamped in a grid pattern, all edges gilt. "Meaning of Frontispiece" and additional title with neat marginal repair (first leaf also with a repaired tear and title with repaired marginal hole), neat closed tear repair on letterpress title, repaired marginal tear to 2K1, repaired marginal chips to 3U4, 4K3 with a long repaired tear, Flanders map shaved, repaired hole on p 553 affecting title of map, wormhole in lower margin to about first half of book mostly with no trail but catching a few of the larger maps.

First printing in English, with a duplicate map of New Spain on p.905, issued before the map of Virginia which was to be pasted over it. Michael Sparke's name not on the letterpress title-page, verses on A2v signed "M.S." Rare. STC 17824.5 (2 copies in America); see Phillips 451 & 4255 and Sabin 47885.
Provenance: Signatures of Thomas Most (on title, faded) and of Robert Hare (on first leaf, effaced and faded), bookplate of the Pease family and with their crest on the binding.
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