Rumold Mercator: 'Map of Europe' - Color lithograph - Netherlands - 1900-1929
First quarter 20th century reproductive color lithograph of the original map of Europe by Rumold Mercator, son of Gerard Mercator, dating from the 16th century. With quote from 19th century romantic English poet John Keats 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'. Professionally framed
Rumold Mercator (1541-1599), like his famous father Gerardus Mercator, was a cartographer by profession. In his father's wake, he achieved fame in 1587 when he published a copy of Claudius Ptolemy's map of the world, graphically revised by his father in 1569. In 1595, a year after his father's death, Rumold Mercator published a supplement of 34 maps to the service map book Tabulae Geographicae. It contains 29 maps, engraved by Gerardus Mercator, of the missing parts of Europe (Iceland, the British Isles and the Northern and Eastern European countries). To complete the whole quickly, Rumold added his own world map from 1587 and had four maps of the continents of his father's large world map from 1569 copied by his cousins Gerardus Mercator junior and Michael Mercator, sons of Arnold Mercator. The title page is also an emergency solution: it is the title of the Ptolemy edition of 1578, on which the new title has been pasted in letterpress. Rumold Mercator also released a 'complete edition' with all 107 cards. In fact, this edition is no more than a one-bound reissue of the four series Tabulae Geographicae with the new addition. 1 of these maps is this one of Europe.
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