London, South Kensington
22 April 2010
MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594). Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabulae geographicae. Duisburg: . 2° (383 x 260mm). Engraved title and 22 engraved double-page maps, all coloured in a contemporary hand. (Without the portrait found in some copies, maps 7 and 11 trimmed close at bottom edge, just into plate mark, light spotting, browning and soiling throughout, the 6 index leaves at the end heavily affected.) Late 19th-century vellum with marbled-paper endpapers (extremities lightly rubbed and soiled). Provenance: Luigi Defilippi (tiny booklabel to verso f.f.e.p.) -- Antiquariat Bourlot (Turin bookseller's label to front pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of the Italian portion of first truly modern scientific atlas, Mercator's Atlas sive cosmographiae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. Koeman II Me 11 (the maps and text conforming to the 1589 type-setting; the index leaves signed as per Koeman II Me 13A, 1595); van der Krogt 1:002.
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