Attractive mid-18th century map of the Iberian Peninsula

Tab. II. Europae, Hispaniam ac Lusitaniam Complectens

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SKU: NL-00316 Category: Tag:
Cartographer(s): Gerard Mercator
Date: ca. 1730
Place: Amsterdam
Dimensions: 33 x 43 cm (13.2 x 16.7 in)
Condition Rating: VG
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Ptolemaic map of the Iberian Peninsula originally published by Mercator in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia.

The pictorial cartouche is flanked with two bare-breasted sphinxes, and the sea is adorned with a ship and a pair of sea monsters, one of whom looks like a dog with fur and floppy ears.


Gerard Mercator

Gerardus Mercator (March 1512 – 2 December 1594) was a 16th-century geographer, cosmographer, and cartographer from the County of Flanders. He is most renowned for creating the 1569 world map based on a new projection that represented sailing courses of constant bearing (rhumb lines) as straight lines—an innovation that is still employed in nautical charts.

Mercator was one of the pioneers of cartography and is widely considered the most notable figure of the Netherlandish school of cartography in its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s). In his own day, he was notable as a maker of globes and scientific instruments. In addition, he had interests in theology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and geomagnetism. He was also an accomplished engraver and calligrapher.

Condition Description

A few creases and other minor wear, very good.