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The Duchy of Livonia in Original Color
HONDIUS, J./ MERCATOR, G [Amsterdam, 1595/ 1609]
14 ¼ x 18 ¼ inches.
Fine original color; toned, else excellent condition.
Beautifully engraved map of Livonia – modern Latvia and Estonia – produced by two of the great fathers of modern cartography. Included are parts of the Baltic coasts of Finland and Sweden, and the island of Gotland. The northwestern part of Muscovy appears as well.
The map, designed by the great Gerard Mercator, was executed by Jodocus Hondius, as attested to by the superb calligraphy and the masterful engraving of the waves of the Baltic.