Item #124767 Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall]. Atlas, Gerard Mercator, Jodocus Hondius.
Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].
Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].
Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].
Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].

Historia Mundi: or Mercator's Atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World... with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].

1635. London: printed by T. Cotes, for Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1635 [1637].

Folio in sixes (291 x 192 mm). Engraved additional title, 183 maps by Hondius, R. Hall, Peter van der Keere and J. van Loon including Hall's Map of Virginia and the duplicate map of New Spain (77 with full or partial contemporary coloring). Lacking "The Meaning of the Frontispiece" and without Smith's Map of New England, as usual. Full calf, covers richly gilt, backstrip lettered in gilt, a fine retrospective binding by Courtland Benson.

§ First English edition, second issue with the engraved title dated 1637, subsequently altered in manuscript to 1639 by the original owner. A splendid copy with Ralph Hall's map of Virginia (colored) and with the duplicate map of New Spain. Lacking only the first leaf bearing "The Meaning of the Frontispiece." Over a third of the maps with full or partial contemporary coloring. The atlas has been annotated by a very early English reader who numbered all the maps, corrected some pagination errors, noted the discovery of Nova Hollandia in 1644, and added a comment that some text seemed to be missing but wasn't. Clearly he read the book very closely.

Translator’s dedication signed: Wye Saltonstall. Collated as noted in ESTC S1589 except for the lack of pi1 and with the addition of Hall's map of Virginia inserted following 4H1, and an additional map on a half sheet (Aegyptus) inserted following a4: pi2 (lacking pi1 Meaning of the Frontis.) A6 a4 (a4+2pi1 Aegyptus) B-F6; 2B-F6 G-2L6, 2M6 (-2M4,5,6); 3N-Z6, 3A-3H6 3I4(3I4+chi1) 3K-4G6 4H6(4H1+2chi1 second map of Virginia) 4I6 K46(-4K4) 4L-4N4, 4O2.

"The buyer should be careful to secure a copy of the second issue with the rare map of Virginia' A change of owners took place two years after the first publication, and the frontispiece was re-engraved, having Sparke's name alone, with 'Second Edytion' added, and the date changed" (Sabin).

Sabin 47885 (incorrect map count); ESTC S1589. Item #124767

Price: $40,000.00

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