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Mercator, Gerhard, 1512–1594

Historia mundi, or, Mercator's atlas : containing his cosmographicall descriptions of the fabricke and figure of the world / lately rectified in diuers places, as also beutified and enlarged with new mapps and tables by the studious industrie of Iodocus Hondy ; englished by W.S. generosus & regin. Oxoniae.

Additional Title(s):

Historia mvndi or Mercator's atlas

Mercator's atlas

Historia mvndi

Mercator's atlas, containing his cosmographicall descriptions of the fabricke and figure of the world

Second edytion
London : Printed for Michaell Sparke, and are to be sowld in greene Arbowre, 1637.
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([22], 56, 55-56, [2], 401, [1], 409-599, 520-566, 649-930, [32] pages, 5 leaves of plates) : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
G1007 1637+
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scales differ.
Engraved title page with "G. Glo Inu. fecit." at foot of page.
Edition statement appears at end of imprint.
Includes index.
Includes letterpress title page from the first edition, with the imprint: Printed by T. Cotes for Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1635.
Numerous errors in pagination.
Relief shown pictorially.
"W.S." identified as Wye Saltenstall in dedication.
Map (plate), with title and imprint "New England the most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and mighty Prince Charles, nowe king of great Britaine London printed by Iames Reeue", signed: Simon Passeus sculpsit.
Map "Virginia" engraved by Ralph Hall, 1636.
The verses on verso of first leaf occur in two settings, one with two states: signed (1) "F[rancis]. Q[uarles].", or (2a) "M[ichael]. S[parke]." or (2b) unsigned.
Imprimatur at foot of leaf 4O2v: Decemb. 19. 1633. Recensui hanc ... publica imprimatur; ... Guilielmus Haywood Archiep. Cant. Capellanus Domest.
Page 905 bears a map of New Spain, a duplicate of that on p. 907. A map of Virginia, printed after the book was issued, is intended to be pasted over it.
Signatures: pi² A⁶ a⁴ B-F⁶; ²B-2L⁶ 2M⁶( -2M4,5,6); ³N-Z⁶, 3A-3H⁶ 3I⁴(3I4+chi1) 3K-4I⁶ 4K⁶( -4K4) 4L-4N⁴ 4O².
List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, 451
English short title catalogue, S1589
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 17825
The collection of John Boyd Thacher in the Library of Congress, II, p. 31 (Americana)
BEIN Ea +635M: Imperfect: [2] pages (first count) and engraved title page wanting; folded map of "New England" wanting. Map of Virginia tipped in between pages 904 and 905. Stamp: American Antiquarian Society.
BEIN Ea +637M: Imperfect: folded map of "New England" wanting. With verso of first leaf signed M.S. (2a). With the map of Virginia pasted over the duplicate map of New Spain on page 905, but without the portrait of Captain John Smith called for by Sabin (no. 47885). Bookplate: Thorne Collection of Cartogaphy and Geography.
BAC G1007 1637+: Bound in contemporary calf. Printed verses on verso of first leaf signed M.S. Map "Aegyptus" folded and bound between pages 816-817. Double plate map "New England" bound between pages 898 and 899. Ralph Hall's map of Virginia folded and bound between pages 902-903. Bookplate: Glyndebourne.
Subject Terms:
Atlases -- Early works to 1800.
Atlases, British -- Early works to 1800.
Geography -- Early works to 1800.
Thorne Collection of Cartogaphy and Geography.
Atlases -- England -- London.
World atlases.
Early maps.
Hall, Ralph, active 1637, engraver.
Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612, cartographer.
Saltenstall, Wye, translator.
Sparke, Michael, -1653, printer, publisher, bookseller.
Glover, George, approximately 1618- engraver.
Pass, Simon van de, 1595?-1647, engraver.

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