Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mvndi et fabricati figvra.

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A rare first complete edition of the first truly modern scientific atlas. Gerard Mercator was the most influential geographer since Ptolemy. In 1569 he invented a new method of projection and his principles have only had to be abandoned after several centuries of use. The title of this edition shows the first use of the name Atlas for a collection of maps.

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Parts II-VI had been published separately between 1585 and 1595. The first part, originally published in 1585, is composed of three fascicles, each with a special t. p.: Galliae tabule geographicae ; Belgii Inferioris geographicae tabule ; Germaniae tabule geographicae. The second part, originally published in 1589, has special title page of .: Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabule geographice.The third part, under whose title the work is published, precedes the first and second parts. Left unfinished by the author, it was completed, and the whole work edited and published by his son, Rumold Mercator, in 1595.

Bound in contemporary brown calf binding stamped in blind, with one border and some vignettes in gilt. The letters T. D. N. G. M. S. appear in gilt on front cover, and the date in gilt, on the back of the book.

Medium: 3 pts. in 1 v. port., 107 col. maps (part fold.) 45 cm.

Library of Congress Call Number/Physical Location: G1007 .A7 1595

Large 2o (407 x 277 mm). 6 parts in one volume. Part I: \Kp\k2 (engraved architectural and emblematic title, letterpress dedication to Wilhelm and Johann Wilhelm, Dukes of Julich, 2v in first state before the author's portrait but with the verse caption by Bernard Furmer) +4 \Kc\k2 (biography and epitaphs of the author, letters and verse in praise of the atlas, errata); a-d4 (text); part II: e2 (2+1) (engraved architectural and emblematic title Atlantis Pars altera. Geographia nova Totius Mundi, letterpress dedication to Queen Elizabeth and address to the reader), A-E2 (engraved maps of the world and the four continents), I-XIX2 (maps of the North Pole, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Norway and Sweden), \Kc\k1 (dedication to Heinrich Rantzau) XXa2 (description of Denmark), XXb-XXIX2 (maps of Denmark, Prussia, Russia, the Baltic countries, Transylvania and Ukraine), [XX4] (letterpress index and colophon); part III: +6 (engraved title of Renaissance ornament Galliae tabulae geographicae, letterpress preliminaries), a-d2 e1 f-q2 (maps of France and Switzerland), **2 (index); part IV: +4 (engraved title Belgii inferioris Geographicae tabulae, letterpress preliminaries, 4 blank), r-z & et2 (maps of the Low Countries and Luxemburg), +2 (index, misbound after the title-leaf in part VI); part V: ++4 (engraved title Germaniae tabulae geographicae, letterpress preliminaries, 4 blank), A-F2 Fij2 G-Q2 Qij2 R-Z AA2 (maps of Germany, Bohemia, Moravia, Austria, Poland and Hungary), +++4 (index); part VI: \Kp\k2 (engraved title Italiae, Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabulae geographicae, letterpress dedication to Ferdinando de' Medici), 1-222 (maps of Italy, the Balkans and Greece), a-c2 (index). A TOTAL OF 107 COPPERPLATE MAPS, all but one (counties of Boulogne and Guines) double-page on full sheets, many with letterpress text on the reverse, the world-map with text on the obverse. Woodcut initials and typographical ornaments. Contemporary vellum over pasteboard, with overlapping edges, double blind fillet on sides, later ties.

Provenance: Johann Ducker (17th-century inscription); Heinrich Stinnes of Cologne (purchased from Julius Halle in Munich); bought at Christie's New York, 11 June 1982, lot 264. (Christies)

References:

J. Keuning, "The History of an Atlas", in Imago Mundi IV (1947) pp. 37-43; PMM 100; World Encompassed 134.

Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 730

Phillips 5918, 5919

 
1. Front Cover
10. America
100. Brescia et Mediolanum
101. Veronæ principatus, Vicentiæ, et Patavii
102. Friuli et Istria
103. Thuscia
104. Anconitana
105. Campagna di Roma
106. Abbruzzo
107. Puglia Piana
108. Corsica, Sardinia
109. Sicilia
11. Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio (Polus Articus)
110. Stiria
111. Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia
112. Wallachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania
113. Graecia
114. Macedonia
115. Morea
116. Candia
117. Back Cover
12. Islandia
13. Brittanicæ Insula, Anglia, Scotia & Hibernia
14. Scotia [I]
15. Scotia [II]
16. Scotia [III]
17. Hibernia [I]
18. Hibernia [II]
19. Hibernia [III]
2. Spine
20. Hibernia [IV]
21. Hibernia [V]
22. Anglia [I]
23. Anglia [II]
24. Anglia [III]
25. Anglia [IV]
26. Anglia [V]
27. Anglia [VI]
28. Anglia [VII]
29. Norwegia & Suecia
3. Frontispiece Title Page
30. Daniæ regni [I]
31. Daniæ regni [II]
32. Daniæ regni [III]
33. Daniæ regni [IV]
34. Prussia
35. Livonia
36. Russia
37. Lithuania
38. Transsylvania
39. Taurica
4. [Portrait of Gerard Mercator]
40. Galliae tabule Geographicae
41. Gallia
42. Britannia, Normandia
43. Aquitania, Arelatense
44. Francia, Picardia
45. Boulongne
46. Anjou
47. Berry
48. Poictov
49. Lotharingia [I]
5. Atlantis pars Altera Geographia Nova Toius Mundi
50. Lotharingia [II]
51. Burgundia [I]
52. Burgundia [II]
53. Helvetia
54. Zurichgow
55. Wiflispurgergow
56. Arrow
57. Belgii inferioris tabule Geographicae
58. Belgii inferioris
59. Flandria
6. Orbis terræ
60. Brabantia, Gulice et Cleve
61. Hollandia
62. Zeelandt
63. Geldria
64. Artesia
65. Hannonia
66. Lutzenburg
67. Germania Tabule Geographicae
68. Germania
69. Frisia Occidentalis
7. Europa
70. Embden & Oldenborch
71. Westfalia [I]
72. Westfalia [II]
73. Westfalia [III]
74. Waldeck
75. Palatinatus Rheni
76. Wirtenberg
77. Alsatia inferior
78. Alsatia superior
79. Saxonia inferior
8. Africa
80. Brunswyck
81. Hassia
82. Thuringia
83. Franconia
84. Bavaria
85. Palatinatus superior
86. Saxonia superior
87. Brandenburg
88. Bohemia
89. Moravia
9. Asia
90. Austria
91. Salzburg
92. Polonia
93. Hungaria
94. Italiæ, Sclavoniæ, et Græciæ
95. Italia
96. Lombardia [I]
97. Lombardia [II]
98. Lombardia [III]
99. Lombardia [IV]

Publisher: Dvisbvrgi Clivorvm [1595]

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Date Added: 2019-04-05

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Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Orbis Terræ (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Europa (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Africa (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Asia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - America (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Polus Articus (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Islandia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Brittanicæ Insula, Anglia, Scotia & Hibernia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Scotia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Scotia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Scotia [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hibernia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hibernia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hibernia [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hibernia [IV] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hibernia [V] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [IV] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [V] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [VI] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anglia [VII] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Suecia et Norwegia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Daniæ regni [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Daniæ regni [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Daniæ regni [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Daniæ regni [IV] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Prussia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Livonia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Russia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lithuania (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Transsylvania (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Taurica (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Gallia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Britannia, Normandia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Aquitania, Arelatense (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Francia, Picardia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Boulongne (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anjou (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Berry (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Poictov (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lotharingia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lotharingia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Burgundia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Burgundia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Helvetia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Zurichgow (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Wiflispurgergow (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Argow (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Belgii inferioris (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Flandria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Brabantia, Gulice et Cleve (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hollandia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Zeelandt (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Geldria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Artesia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hannonia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lutzenburg (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Germania (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Frisia Occidentalis (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Embden & Oldenborch (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Westfalia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Westfalia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Westfalia [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Waldeck (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Palatinatus Rheni (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Wirtenberg (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Alsatia inferior (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Alsatia superior (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Saxonia inferior (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Brunswyck (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hassia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Thuringia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Franconia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Bavaria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Palatinatus superior (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Saxonia superior (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Brandenburg (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Bohemia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Moravia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Austria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Salzburg (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Polonia et Silesia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Hungaria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Italia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lombardia [I] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lombardia [II] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lombardia [III] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Lombardia [IV] (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Brescia et Mediolanum (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Veronæ principatus, Vicentiæ, et Patavii (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Friuli et Istria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Thuscia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Anconitana (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Campagna di Roma (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Abbruzzo (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Puglia Piana (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Corsica, Sardinia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Sicilia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Stiria (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Wallachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Graecia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Macedonia (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Morea (1595)
Atlas sive Cosmographicae - Candia (1595)

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