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This beautifully hand coloured original antique Map of Cyprus with below six inset maps of Greek islands: Stalimini, Chios, Mitilene, Negroponte, Cerigo, Rhodes, was published in the 1638 Latin edition of Mercators Atlas by Jan Jansson and Henricus Hondius. Decorative cartouche, sailing ship and sea monster. The map is borrowed from Ortelius' map of Cyprus and is one of the most sought after of all early maps of Cyprus.
These original maps, published in the later editions of Mercators atlas, are derived from the original maps drawn and engraved by Gerald Mercator in the mid to late 16th century, published by his son Rumold as an atlas, after his death, in 1595. After two editions the plates were purchased by Jodocus Hondius in 1604 and continued to be published until the mid 1630's when the plates were re-engraved and updated by Jan Jansson and Henricus Hondius. (Ref: Koeman; M&B)
Condition Report Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Red, yellow, green, orange, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 22in x 16 3/4in (560mm x 425mm) Plate size: - 19 1/2in x 14in (495mm x 355mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Light creasing in margins Plate area: - Light creasing Verso: - Various weak creases on verso re-enforced with archival transparent tape