''NATOLIAE SIVE ASIA MINOR'' Gerard Mercator. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, c. 1623. Fine engraved map with later hand-coloring. Verso text Latin. Reference: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8110:1A. (Image: 13 1/2 x 19'')
This highly decorative map depicts Turkey and Cyprus. Topographical features are shown and major cities, towns, islands, waterways and mountains are located.
The map is further enhanced with a sea monster, sailing ship and three elaborate strapwork cartouches.
Gerard Mercator is considered the “greatest name in geographical science after Ptolemy” and produced the most accurate and current maps of his day. He was the first to choose “Atlas” as the name for a collection of maps. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Mercator’s maps were mostly original work - drawn and engraved by him. This handsome map reflects Mercator’s abilities, in beautiful Renaissance style, as both artist and scientist. (REF: Tooley Maps & Map-Makers).