Scarce original miniature version map which appeared in Cloppenburg's edition of Mercator's 'Atlas Minor', with maps engraved, in slightly larger format than standard Dutch pocket atlases, by Pieter van den Keere.
Gerard Mercator (1512 - 1594)
Gerard Mercator, originally a student of philosophy, was one of the most renowned cosmographers and geographers of the 16th century, as well as an accomplished scientific instrument maker. He is most famous for introducing Mercators Projection, a system which allowed navigators to plot the same constant compass bearing on a flat map.
His first maps were published in 1537 (Palestine), and 1538 (a map of the world), although his main occupation at this time was globe-making. He later moved to Duisburg, in Germany, where he produced his outstanding wall maps of Europe and of Britain. In 1569 he published his masterpiece, the twenty-one-sheet map of the world, constructed on Mercator's projection.
His Atlas, sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi, was completed by his son Rumold and published in 1595. After Rumold's death in 1599, the plates for the atlas were published by Gerard Jr. Following his death in 1604, the printing stock was bought at auction by Jodocus Hondius, and re-issued well into the seventeenth century.
Map: 10 x 7.5ins Conservation standard mount with V groove and backing board size: 15 x 12.4ins