(Amsterdam: Henricius Hondius, 1630). 485 x 330 mm. (19 x 13"). 11 p.l., -116, 115-118, 117-130, , 131-159, , 160-231, , 232-297, , 298-391 pp.,  leaves, all mounted on tabs (Complete; collates as USTC). Editio Decima (10th Edition).
STATELY 18TH CENTURY DUTCH SPOTTED CALF, GILT, covers with large elaborate centerpiece of tulip, daisy, dove, and nautilus shell tools enclosed by two gilt frames of wide floral rolls with flower sprays at corners, raised bands, spine ornately gilt in compartments with floral spray centerpiece and scrolling corner tooling, gilt lettering, all edges gilt and gauffered (small repairs to head and tail of spine). Architectural engraved title, double-page portrait of Mercator and Hondius, three engraved sectional titles (not called for in this edition), detailed historiated woodcut initials, decorative head-and tailpieces and 164 ENGRAVED MAPS (all but one double-page), all mounted on stubs, ALL MAPS AND DECORATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND COLOR, THE TITLE PAGE HEIGHTENED IN GOLD. Title page with ink owner inscriptions of Dr. P. J. Esteve, Chaplain of the church at Palau, and of Baron de Wetzel, the latter dated 1720. USTC 1015074. Joints and extremities a little rubbed, other minor signs of use, but the binding still sturdy and with considerable antique appeal. Iceland map soiled and with older tape repair to long curving tear from tail edge to fore edge, two other maps with repairs just slightly touching their images, perhaps a score of other leaves with marginal restoration or reinforcement (not affecting text or map), lower fore-edge corners a little thumbed, other minor defects of varying severity but (excepting the Iceland map) without being serious. Despite its flaws, a copy of this grand atlas with much to recommend it, the leaves generally clean, the most prized maps (like the six of the Americas at the end) in very fine condition, and WITH VIVID, OUTSTANDING COLORING THROUGHOUT.
This is a gloriously hand-colored and handsomely bound copy of Mercator's final work, an ambitious cosmography first printed in 1595, when it became the first book to use the title "Atlas" for a collection of maps. A pioneer in commercial cartography and a founder of the Netherlandish school of cartography and geography, Mercator (1512-94) produced maps used around the world, including his brilliant "Mercator Projection" that allowed the round Earth to be accurately depicted on a flat map. Near the end of his life, he began work on an ambitious cosmography that would contain an account of the creation of the world, a description of the universe, descriptions of the countries and oceans of the world, genealogies and political histories of the countries, and a chronology of the cosmos. Only the account of creation, chronology, and maps of the known regions of the world came to fruition. Mercator died before the work came to press; it was completed by his heirs and published in 1595 with 107 maps. Leading Amsterdam map publisher Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) acquired the plates in 1604 and issued the first Mercator-Hondius "Atlas" in 1606, with 37 maps he had engraved added to the original 107. Hondius' brother-in-law Pieter van den Berg, a teacher, wrote the introduction and the text on the versos of the maps. A 1611 edition increased the number of maps to 150, and another six were added in 1619. Henricius Jodocus took over publication of the atlas in 1620, and made the first real updates in some time, adding nine newly engraved maps for our 1630 printing. According to Dr. Marco van Egmond, Curator of Special Collections at the University of Utrecht, "The expansion of the 1630 edition up to a total of 164 maps cannot be viewed separately from the new competition in publishing atlases." Willem Blaeu had produced his first terrestrial atlas that same year, and Amsterdam was becoming recognized as the European center of cartography, a position it would hold through the 17th century. Our copy has lovely hand-coloring, with even the smallest details of the historiated initials enlivened by the colorist. It is also fortunate in its attractive binding, almost certainly done by an Amsterdam workshop. Though it is in the style popular in the Dutch capital in the 18th century, we were unable to match the tools used with those recorded in Jan Storm van Leeuwen's "Dutch Decorated Bookbinding." Only three other complete copies of this edition have appeared at auction since 1980, one of them uncolored. (Lhi21065)
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