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Perche, France.

Mercator, Gerard. Petrus Kaerius/ Pieter Van der Keere. "Perchensis Comitatus, La Perche Comte. " "Comitatus Berticensis. " Amsterdam, Johannis Cloppenburgji. 1632
Copper engraved map of Perche in Northern France, home of the famous Percheron draft horses, from" Gerardi Mercatoris, Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica mundi et fabricati figura, "Latin text to verso. Dark impression; damp stain to upper margin.

The "Atlas Minor" of Gerhard Mercator appears in various formats, the first published by Jodicus Hondius in 1607 with plates he most likely engraved himself.
Thereafter there appeared a number of editions.
In 1628 Johannes Janssonius published a new series of editions, the plates engraved by Petrus Kaerius and Abraham Goos.
Both of these were small format atlases in the tradition of that published by Langenes.
In 1630 Johannes Cloppenburg published a French edition in a somewhat larger size, followed by this Latin edition in 1632. The plates were in the main engraved by Petrus Kaerius.
Cloppenburg published the Altas at his own expense "sumptibus"as the imprint states. There was one more edition in 1636 with French text.
Due to thier larger size the maps from the Cloppenberg editions have more information, than those of Hondius and Janssonius, and are considered by some scholars as a true reduction of the maps of Mercator, as they appear in the folio Atlas.
Keoman:Me200. 187 by 262mm (7¼ by 10¼ inches).   ref: 1403  €40

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