Mercator, Rumold (1545-1599). Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Decriptio. Duisbourg, 1595 or later.

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Mercator, Rumold (1545-1599).

Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Decriptio.

Duisbourg, 1595 or later.


Engraved map with original hand color in full.


17 1/4" x 22 3/8" sheet, 28 1/2" x 34 framed.


The first map to show the world, published during the Renaissance.
It embodies many ancient authorities and is a wonderful view of classical
cartography (Shirley, 157).

This influential double-hemisphere world map was created by Rumold Mercator based on the work of his father, Gerard. Gerard Mercator's famous 1569 world map is a cartographic milestone and this map is a condensed version that also contains much speculative information. Note the large southern continent, an unusual delineation for Asia, and the distorted bulge in southern South America.


Shirley describes this map as '' a model of clarity and neatness, with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names''. The map has a strapwork border, an armillary sphere and an elaborate compass rose.

The map is in fair condition, trimmed to the margins at the sides, with a few small chips. The map has had the sailing ship (off the coast of South America) removed and the verso has been replaced in facsimile. These faults are reflected in the price. The colour is vibrant and original and this is a decorative cornerstone map.