Title: "Asia ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta studio et industria G. M. Iunoris." From the Mercator-Hondius Atlas.
An important map of Asia, that includes an ornate cartouche and sailing ship. The map was updated and the cartouche etc. changed in 1606, making these early examples scarce on the market. Based upon Mercator's World Map of 1569.
In very good condition, with full original colour.
Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) ranks as one of the greatest cartographers in history, not only for the extremely fine maps he produced, but also for the innovations which he introduced into cartographic science. Highly decorative with its strong colour this is one of the best maps of Asia by one of the greatest cartographers in history.