Published by Mercator-Hondius, 1633
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This superb reproduction of "Africa" was originally published in 1633 by Mercator-Hondius of Amsterdam.
The sophisticated title cartouche is signed with the initials G.M., belonging to Gerard Mercator. The map is illustrated with extravagant and exaggerated flourishes used to highlight the oceans' names. Because of these artistic touches, as well as the excellent engraving, this map is generally acknowledged to be the most beautiful rendering of Africa of its era.
Mercator's maps are considered not only aesthetically pleasing, but also as accurate as the available knowledge of the time would allow.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.
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