Historia Mundi



( Mercator's Atlas)


Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World. with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Iodocus Hondy. Englished by W.[ye] S.[altonstall].

MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) & Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1611)


(HISTORIA MUNDI:  or Mercator's Atlas.  Containing his Cosmographical 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….  London: T. Cotes, for Michael Sparke and Samuel Cartwright, 1635.  Folio, [58], 930 (=922), (32) pages, with an engraved general title, and 180 engraved maps in the text.  Modern calf antique, text with occasional staining, a few tiny wormholes not in text, good margins, overall an acceptable copy.


First edition in English. The colophon states that there is a no map of Virginia, implying that there is an up-dated one.  However there is a map of Virginia (and Florida). It also states that a map of Egypt is to be pasted in, and indeed is present. 

A standard copy of a standard text; the translation was by Wye Saltonstall.