Jul 09 at 10:30 AM - Sale 2540 - Exhibition Hours

Sale 2540 - Lot 254

Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
JANSSONIUS van WAESBERGE, JOHANNES; after MERCATOR, GERHARD. Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Engraved allegorical title-page, [ii] pages, and 207 engraved maps. Oblong 4to, 9x11 inches, contemporary vellum, needs resewing and recasing; title margins a tiny bit ragged, short marginal dampstain in places, each map numbered in pencil at upper right. Amsterdam, 1676

Additional Details

In 1630 Johannes Cloppenburg reworked and enlarged the Mercator/Hondius Atlas Minor with a set of newly engraved maps; two other editions followed in 1632 and 1636. In 1673 the plates appeared again, this time published by Johannes Janssonius's son-in-law, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge who expanded the run to 183 maps. 1676 saw another Janssonius van Waesberge issue, lengthened yet again to include 207 maps, as seen here.

While only one example of the 1673 edition has appeared at auction (Parke Bernet 1966), no market records of the present 1676 can be located. Rumsey 11487, (1673 edition with 183 maps); Koeman II Me 206 (described with a Dutch title and index not found here).