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MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) and Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1612). Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris a I.Hondio plurimus aeneis Tabulis auctus et illustratus. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1628.

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MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) and Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1612). Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris a I.Hondio plurimus aeneis Tabulis auctus et illustratus. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1628.

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MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) and Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1612). Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris a I.Hondio plurimus aeneis Tabulis auctus et illustratus. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1628. Oblong 8°(175 x 235mm). Allegorical engraved title surround and 147 engraved maps, all hand-coloured and heightened in gold in a later hand. (Some light discolouration and browning.) Contemporary vellum, red edges (modern endpapers). A fine example of the Atlas Minor, with delicate modern colouring and elaborate heightening of the maps in gold, principally applied to town symbols, borders and cartouches. This edition of the Atlas Minor is the first of an entirely new series of editions published by Jansson, with a new set of maps by Van den Keere and Abraham Goos. The plates were acquired by Jansson in 1625, and had been previously used by Goos in his Caertboeck of 1616. This copy differs from the collation in Koeman in that it includes the map of Ceylon (p.635), which appears in the Dutch and French editions of 1630. cf Koeman II Me 194.
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