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Historia Mundi: Or Mercator's Atlas: Containing His Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World. Lately Rectified in Divers Places, as Also Beautified and Enlarged With New Mappes and Tables

by the studious industry of Iudocus Hondy. Englished by W.S. generosus, & Coll. Regin. Oxoniae
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London : Printed by T. Cotes, for Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1635. [i.e. 1637]
Second edytion
Latin (translated from)
Variant Title
Mercator's atlas
[24], 56, 55-56 (i.e. 58), [2], 401, 409-599, 520-566, 649-930 (i.e. 924), [32] p., 1 folded leaf of plates : ill. (woodcuts), maps (copper-plate engravings) ; 30 cm (fol.)
  • A reissue of STC 17824, with added engraved title page and its conjugate.
  • Edition statement appears after date on the engraved title page.
  • Engraved title page: "G. Glo: inu: fecit", with imprint: London printed for Michaell Sparke, and are to be sowld in greene Arbowre 1637 second edytion.
  • Translator's dedication signed: Wye Saltonstall.
  • Imprimatur at foot of leaf 4O2 verso: Decemb. 19. 1633. Recensui hanc ... publica imprimatur; ... Guilielmus Haywood Archiep. Cant. Capellanus Domest.
  • Folded map has title and imprint "New England the most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and mighty Prince Charles, nowe king of great Britaine London printed by Iames Reeue", signed: Simon Passeus sculpsit.
  • Errata note on 4O2 verso.
  • Page 905 bears a map of New Spain, a duplicate of that on p. 907. A map of Virginia, printed after the book was issued, is intended to be pasted over it. Note in Errata: "Note in Errata on verso of last leaf states "There is no map for Virginia in regard, there is a more exact map drawing in that country, whose platform is not yet come over, but when it comes every buyer of the book shall have it given him gratis."
  • The verses on verso of pi2 occur in two settings, one with two states: signed (1) "F[rancis]. Q[uarles].", or (2a) "M[ichael]. S[parke]." or (2b) unsigned.
  • Numerous error in paging.
  • Signatures: pi² A⁶ a⁴ B-E⁶ F⁶(-F6), ²A1 B-2L⁶ 2M⁶(-2M4,5,6) 2N-3H⁶ 3I⁴ chi1 3K-4I⁶ 4K⁶(-4K4) 4L-4N⁴ 4O²
  • Error in signing: ²F4 missigned as D4, ²2H3 as 2H2 and ²4L4 as 4D2.
  • Head- and tail-pieces; initials and printed marginalia.
  • Includes index.
  • Library copy: "The meaning of the Frontispiece" bound after the engraved frontispiece. Verses on pi2 verso signed "M.S." - Variant 2a. The map of Virginia by Ralph Hall, 1636, has been pasted in on p. 905. Folded map of New England is bound between p. 924 and 925.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Bound in full contemporary calf. Spine in six compartments divided by raised bands; gilt lettered red leather spine title label in second compartment. Blind-tooled triple-rule borders on sides. Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection. This copy recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
Cited in
Bibliotheca Americana: catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, pre-1675, vol. 2, p. 265
English short title catalogue, entry S1589
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 47885
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), entry 17825
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