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Description: This beautifully engraved hand coloured original antique Title page from Gerard Mercator's Italy & SW Europe section was published in the 1589 edition of the Geographiaatlas.
After the sale of Mercator's plates to in 1605, Hondius continued to publish the original plates with little alteration until 1630 when along with Jansson many of the original plates were altered or re-engraved either decoratively or topographically or both. This map is from one of the last unaltered editions of Mercator's atlas. (Ref: Koeman, Tooley)
Condition Report Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Red, yellow, green, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 16in x 10in (405mm x 255mm) Plate size: - 11 1/2in x 7 1/2in (290mm x 190mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Repair to bottom right corner Plate area: - None Verso: - Age toning