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Description:The beautiful original hand colouring on this map is incredibly striking, on this original antique map of Europe published in the 1613 French edition of Gerard Mercators Atlas Sive Cosmographia.
General Definitions:Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stablePaper color : - off whiteAge of map color: - OriginalColors used: - Blue, pink, red, green, yellowGeneral color appearance: - AuthenticPaper size: - 21 1/2in x 17in (545mm x 435mm)Plate size: - 18 1/2in x 15 1/4in (470mm x 390mm)Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections:Margins: - Soiling, age toning, old neutralised tape mark bottom rightPlate area: - Neutralised tape mark bottom rightVerso: - Soiling, age toning, old neutralised tape mark
Background:The detail for the map is taken from Mercators large 1569 world wall map and includes much detail, both real and fictitious. The original colouring denotes the political country boundaries of the 15th & 16th centuries. To the north are shown the islands of the Northern Arctic, Terra Polaris Pars, Greenland and the eastern extremity of America. To the south of Iceland is the fictitious island of Frisland where the Venetian brothers Nicolo and Antonio Zeno claimed where they were stranded after discovering America before Columbus. The younger Zeno produced a map describing these false discoveries. Mercator accepted these falsehoods and copied them into this map. Other cartographers at this time were fooled by Mercator and also copied his mistake. Frisland appears more dominate than the real island of Iceland.The map is beautifully engraved, with Mercators recognisable flair and beautiful, rare original hand colouring. A beautiful map