MATTHIAS QUAD

Geographisch Handtbuch…
Date: Cologne,1600
Cod 2976
Matter: Atlases
25.000,00 €
Pages (8), engraved titlepage and 82 double-sheet copper engraved maps with german text on verso. Charming atlas bound in contemporary vellum binding with blind-tooled decorations, six bands, manuscript title and blind-tooled decorations on spine; blue edges. Traces of ties. Very good example, well impressed. Small restored tear in inner margin of the titlepage, later end-papers in laid paper First edition of the first atlas of the world by Quad, containing world, continents, regional maps of Africa (1), Asia (5), America (3), north pole and many european regional maps. Matthias Quad was a map publisher based in Cologne, Germany. He was born in Deventer, in the Netherlands in 1557 and was trained in the Netherlands. He then moved to Germany because of the wars of religion; his name was Cyprian Eichovius, but he used many pseudonyms like as M. Quadus, M. Quad von Kinckelbach and Konrad Loew. His first atlas was “Europae...Descriptio” of 1592 with 38 maps, expanded to 50 maps in 1594. This was expanded again in 1600 to this “Geographisch Handtbuch” with 82 maps. These books were both smaller pocket atlases intended to be less expensive alternatives to the larger folio atlases of Ortelius, Mercator, and De Jode, which also provided the source maps for Quad's atlas maps. Quad embellished his maps with scenes, portraits and other illustrations that make them rather unique. The “Geographisch Handtbuch” was the first atlas originally written with German text. Quad also produced larger single sheet maps, including a map of Europe in the form of a Queen (1587) and city plans for the Braun and Hogenberg “Civitates Orbis Terrarum”. In 1608 Quad published a third atlas with 86 maps, “Fasciculus Geographicus”. Meurer, Atlantes Colonienses, Qua 6; Phillips 411; Sabin 66894.

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