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Gérard MERCATOR, Jodocus HONDIUS
Atlas minor, ou briesve, & vive description de tout le monde & ses parties
Second edition of the text in French, published by Jean Jansson. It is illustrated with an allegorical frontispiece title and presents, like the other copies of this edition, two labels (title and address of the publisher) in French pasted on the title page of the Latin print of 1628. The copy contains 143 full-size intaglio cards.Contemporary binding in vellum with gold flaps, spine decorated with fleurons, fleurs-de-lys and gilded nets, ink title in the top compartment, boards decorated with a double framing of nets and gilt fillet, small golden irons in spandrels, as well as a large gilt typographic motif in their center, all slices flecked with red. Several handwritten ex-dono on the title page.It is in 1604 that the cartographer Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) wins Gerard Mercator's (1512-1594) charts, whose work he greatly admired, at auction. While the enthusiasm for Abraham Ortelius' (1527-1597) Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is in full swing, Hondius decides to republish his mentor's maps and add thirty six of his collection to the one hundred and seven already acquired. In 1606, he publishes this new form of Atlas, whose success--all copies were sold out after barely a year--will lead him to publish the first edition of his Atlas minor the following year. The sale of this reduced format, allowing for an improved handling, obviously uncovers a commercial strategy. Upon Hondius' death in 1612, his son Henricus and his son-in-law Jean Jansson will continue the work of their elder, themselves offering a version of the Atlas minor, whose format will be increased considerably from … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet [France]

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