Facsimile Maps from the Mercator Atlas of Europe

The seventeen unbound facsimile maps contained in The Mercator Atlas of Europe are the only published images from the atlas available anywhere. They have been painstakingly and faithfully reproduced and expertly printed on heavy ivory stock. The result is a spectacular portfolio of images of great beauty and historical significance.
Each map represents a double folio sheet from the atlas itself and measures 21.625 x 16 inches.
The following double folio sheets from the Atlas of Europe are included in this limited edition of The Mercator Atlas of Europe. Many are also available individually. Please see the Order page for details.

Click on the icon next to the folio sheet description to see a full image of the map.

SPAIN ("Hispania") 1554
SCANDINAVIA ("Svetia & Norvegia regna") 1554
ITALY ("Italia") 1554
SCOTLAND ("Scotia") 1564
IRELAND ("Irlandia") 1564
LOMBARDY ("Lombardiae") 1570
TYROL ("Tirolis") 1570
HERBRIDES & ORKNEY ISLANDS ("Herbrides & Orcades") 1564
GERMANY ("Germania") 1554
ENGLAND ("Anglia") 1564
EUROPE ("Europae") 1569
BRITISH ISLES & GREENLAND ("Britanni & Gronlan") 1554 & 1569
GREECE ("Graecia") 1554
CORNWALL & WALES ("Cornewallia & Wallia") 1564
FRANCE ("Gallia") 1554
UKRAINE and CRIMEA ("Sarmatia") 1554

The maps contained in Mercator's atlas of Europe are the most important surviving body of Mercator's work in a single volume. His new view of Europe represented a major cartographic achievement, and for the next two centuries it became the accepted picture of the continent, signifying the beginning of a new geography.
The atlas maps comprise the only surviving copy of Mercator's wall map of 1554. It appears that Mercator required four copies of his wall map to cut and paste these nine bound images. The atlas also includes the only two known autograph manuscript maps by Mercator (Lombardiae regionis Delineatio and Tirolis & pars Lombardiae). In addition, the volume contains one of only four known copies of Mercator's wall map of the British Isles dating from 1564, the year of Shakespeare's birth, as well as two sections of the rare wall map of the world of 1569, which was the first map produced using the "Mercator projection."
The maps of the British Isles illustrate the unfolding knowledge of the shape and nature of Britain in the mid-sixteenth century and contain the first detailed and reasonably accurate representation of its four parts. Recent study by scholars at the British Library indicate that the original maps used to draw the wall map of the British Isles were almost certainly authored by John Elder, whose Catholic and Scottish sympathies and antipathy to the humanist culture exhibited by the Court of Elizabeth provide every indication that the map may well have been designed as a tool for invasion.


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