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MERCATOR, Gerard Atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. [...]. Editio quinta. Amsterdam Sumptibus et typis aeneis Henrici Hondii 1623 2 vol. folio: 1 engr. title (title of vol. 2 missing), 150 (of 156) maps, lavishly old hand-coloured (repaired margins, browned throughout, many maps aged). Condition report of volume 1 Missing: dedication (pl. A2r-A2v), laudatory poems and portrait (pl. χ1r-χ2v), "Nova Europae descriptio" (pl. I). Specific remarks: World map (pl. G): right margins repaired with sm. parts of the decorative border missing and folding close to centerfold split and repaired. Maps with decorative borders damaged: "Suecia et Norvegia" (pl. 2I), "Lithuania" (pl. 2S), "Regni Valentiae typus" (pl. 3E), "Aquitania" (pl. 3P), "L'Isle de France" (pl. 3S), "Wiflispurgergov" (pl. 4L). Map with vertical folding worn through: "Xaintonge" (pl. 3O). Bound at the end of vol.1: Index (pl. 8L-8N). Condition report of volume 2 Missing: engr. title, "Hannonia" (pl. 5A), "Germania" (pl. 5E), "Lectori initio" and "Nova Africae Tabula" (pl. 7L), "Asiae Nova" (pl. 7Q), "China" (pl. 7Z). Specific remarks: "Belgii inferioris descriptio" (pl. 4O): torn off, "Brabantia" (pl. 4T): repaired but paper gaps, "Limburgensis ducatus" (pl. 5C): part. detached, 2nd map of Westfalen (pl. 5K): paper worn, "Belgii inferioris Geographicae tabule" (pl. 4Q): bound first, index (pl. 8O-8T) at the end of vol.2, some corners of last lvs missing with loss of text. Maps with decorative borders damaged: "Verona" (pl. 6S), "Virginia item et floridae" (pl. 8G), "America meridionalis" (pl. 8I). Contemp. mottled calf (corners bumped, spines weak). Fifth Latin edition of the famous "Mercator-Hondius" atlas (1st Amsterdam ed.: 1606; 1st Duisburg ed. of the Atlas by Mercator's heirs: 1595), and the first with the name and allegorical dog of Henricus Hondius, born Joost de Hondt, on the title-page. Divided in 7 parts: 1. Continents, Northern and Eastern Europe, 2. Spain

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