"Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio"
Published by Mercator, 1595
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This reproduction is of the beautifully hand-colored map of the World which was published in Mercator's first atlas in 1595. The original engraving is a model of clarity and neatness with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names.
Rumold Mercator kept his father's representation of the southwest bulge in the coastline of South America, though he correctly identified New Guinea as an island unto itself.
In 1603, cracks developed in the top edge of the plate and by the 1620's, these had extended in two places, almost completely across the top box containing the title.
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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