22 June 2010
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... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall]. London: printed by T. Cotes for Michael Sparke, 1635.
2o (286 x 183 mm). 182 maps by Hondius, R. Hall, Peter van der Keere and J. van Loon, including one duplicate and one map (folding) pasted on p.818. (Lacking engraved title and Mm4 blank, some browning and occasional staining, a few chips to edges). Contemporary calf (rebacked, worn). Provenance: John Hull (early ownership signature on rear pastedown).
THE RARE FIRST PRINTING IN ENGLISH, first issue with a duplicate map of New Spain (Hhhh3 recto) in place of the later issued map of Virginia by Ralph Hall: "there is no Map for Virginia in regard there is a more exact Map drawing in that Country, whose Platforme is not yet come over, but when it comes, every buyer of the Booke shall have it given him gratis" (see errata on verso of final leaf). The verses on A2 verso are signed 'M.S'[parkes]. 141 of the maps are from Hondius's Atlas Minor, the remainder appear to have been engraved for the present work. STC 17824 (4 copies); see Phillips 451 & 4255 (later issues); see Sabin 47885 (variant imprint, incorrect map count).
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