This is the scarce / rare second state of Mercator's Kingdom of Sicily map. This CIRCA 1630 Map with its original hand coloration is printed from the original copper plate of Gerard Mercator that were purchased by Jocodus Hondius in 1604 from the estate of Gerard Mercator II. Mercator's plates were part of the Hondius print shop assets for a number of years. After Jocodus the Elder died in 1611 the printing shop was continued by Jocodus II and Henricus Hondius. Jocodus II died in 1629. This scarce / rare second state decorative map was printed CIRCA 1630 in the transition period between the death of Jocodus Hondius II and the brother-in-law Jans Jansson joining the printing firm in 1633.
Highly decorated maps such as this Siciliae Regnum were often produced as part of an Atlas. This map is from the Mercator / Hondius Atlas published CIRCA 1630. Looking closely at Photograph #1 one can make out the overlap of the center seam.
NOTE: Gerard Mercator is extremely important in the field of Cartography. Discoveries that he made in that field are still being used in map making today.
Condition: Very very good to excellent. Bright original hand coloration. No tears; no repairs.
This map is being offered complete with archival museum style conservation mounting that is to current standards and has non-glare museum glass.
See Photograph #9 for additional conservation details on affixed sticker on verso.
Age: CIRCA: 1630. 384 years±
Size: Overall: 29 5/8" x 24 3/8"
Viewing area: 20 7/8" x 15 3/8"
NOTE: Price includes complete museum style conservation mounting
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