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Description: This fine, beautifully hand coloured original antique map of Greece, Aegean Islands & Turkey was published in the 1639 French edition of Gerardi Mercators Atlantis Novi Atlas by Jan Jansson and Henricus Hondius.
Condition Report: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy & stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, pink, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 22in x 18 1/2in (560mm x 470mm) Plate size: - 18 1/2in x 14 1/2in (470mm x 350mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Bottom & top margin centre-fold re-joined, no loss Plate area: - Repair to left side of image, no loss Verso: - Repairs as noted Background: From the early days of map-making, cartographers have always had a keen interest he mapping of Greece and of the particular continental and insular Greek areas. In other words the "Greek chorography", as it is often called had been a cartographic item of special importance, both in manuscript and printed cartography, the later having produced an impressive number of Greek maps. All of these have been include in almost all the European Atlases and travel books, since the first printed edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1447. This prominent presence of Greece in the field of European cartography is due to various historic, political and cultural reasons. (Ref: Koeman; M&B)