Adina Sommer`s Rare Antique Maps and Contemporary Art
|"Gerardus Mercator (1512 - 1594) He was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for his work in cartography, in particular the world map of 1569 based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines. He is renowned to the present day as the cartographer who created a world map based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines. In his own day he was the world's most famous geographer but in addition he had interests in theology, philosophy, history, mathematics and magnetism as well as being an accomplished engraver, calligrapher and maker of globes and scientific instruments. He wrote few books but much of his knowledge is to be found in the copious legends on his wall maps and the prefaces that he composed for his atlas ,the first in which the term ""atlas"" appears and the sections within it.|
Map shows total South America, with a decorative title cartouche, two sea monsters, three offshore ships and a birds eye view of the city of Cusco.
One of the earliest known South American civilizations was at Norte Chico, on the central Peruvian coast. Though a pre-ceramic culture, the monumental architecture of Norte Chico is contemporaneous with the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Dimensions (cm)||36 x 49 cm|
|Condition||Restoration at centerfold, lower missing part replaced|
( A reproduction can be ordered individually on request. )