Dec 08, 2015 - Sale 2401

Sale 2401 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 20,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000
WITH SMITH'S NEW ENGLAND AND HALL'S VIRIGNIA. MERCATOR, GERARD; and HONDIUS, JODOCUS. Historia mundi: or Mercator's atlas. Containing his cosmographicall description of the fabricke and figure of the world. Lately rectified in divers places, as also beautified and enlarged with new mappes and tables; by the studious industry of Iudocus Hondy. Englished by W.S. generosus, & Coll. Regin. Oxoniæ. 183 engraved maps in text, and with the Hall map of Virginia and the Smith map of New England. [24], 56, 55-56, [2], 401, [1], 409-599, 520-566, 649-904, [2, i.e., Hall map], 905-930, [4, i.e., Smith map], [32] pages (with the exception of the Hall and Smith maps collates with STC (2nd ed.), 17825). Tall 4to, later full calf, backstrip in six compartments divided by raised bands, lettering-piece in second reads: "Mercator's Atlas", lightly rubbed; few leaves shaved as usual, repair to "The Meaning of the Frontispiece" as usual, edges barely toned, endpapers renewed, Smith map possibly supplied and trimmed into image 1/4 inch or slightly more on all sides. Bookplates of Chillington and Marvy Carton on front pastedown. London: T. Cotes, for Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1635 (London: Printed for Michael Sparke, and are to be sowld in greene Arborwe 1637)

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The 1635 first edition of the atlas was supposed to include a map of Virginia; however it was not prepared in time and was omitted. It is included here, in the 1637 second edition, in the form of Ralph Hall's scarce and somewhat fantastical map of Virginia (Burden 224), which was a loose derivative of Smith's Virginia. The book also includes John Smith's New England (Burden 187, state 9), a superb cornerstone map of the region, with Burden saying of it: "This is the foundation map of New England cartography, the one that gave it its name and the first devoted to the region." Overall a nice example of a very important early English atlas, which is almost never seen complete. Phillips, Atlases, 451 (1637 ed.); STC (2nd ed.), 17825.