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Gerard Mercator is one of the most famous cartographers of all time. Mercator was born in Flanders and educated at the Catholic University in Leuven. After his graduation in 1532, Mercator worked with Gemma Frisius, a prominent mathematician, and Gaspar a Myrica, a goldsmith and engraver. Together, these men produced globes and scientific instruments, allowing Mercator to hone his skills.

With his wife, Barbara, Mercator had six children: Arnold, Emerentia, Dorothes, Bartholomeus, Rumold, and Catharina.  In 1552, Mercator moved to Duisburg from Leuven, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1564, he was appointed the official cosmographer to the court of Duke Wilhelm of Cleve.

Mercator’s most important contribution was the creation and popularization of a projection which now bears his name. On Mercator projection maps, all parallels and meridians are drawn at right angles to each other, with the distance between the parallels extending towards the poles. This allowed for accurate latitude and longitude calculation and also allowed navigational routes to be drawn using straight lines, a huge advantage for sailors as this allowed them to plot courses without constant recourse to adjusting compass readings.

Mercator’s other enduring contribution to cartography is the term “atlas”, which was first used to describe his collection of maps gathered in one volume. The Mercator atlas was published in 1595, a year after Mercator’s death, thanks to the work of his sons, particularly Rumold, and his grandsons.

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Amsterdam / 1595 circa
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9 x 14 inches
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VG
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56113
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Amsterdam / 1620 circa
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16.5 x 12 inches
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VG
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65595
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595 (1619 ca)
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19 x 14 inches
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London / 1635
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7 x 9 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1698
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16 x 13.5 inches
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VG+
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Amsterdam / 1600 circa
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19 x 13 inches
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VG+
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 13.5 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595 (1619)
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1619
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18 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1578 (1695)
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18 x 13 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1578 (1695)
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18 x 13 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1628 circa
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8 x 6 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619
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18 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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6.5 x 5 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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17 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1595 (1610 ca)
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19.5 x 12.5 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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17.5 x 14.5 inches
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Amsterdam / 1610 circa
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18 x 14 inches (if joined)
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1695 circa
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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18 x 13.5 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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21 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619
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Amsterdam / 1695 circa
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Amsterdam / 1578 (1695)
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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Amsterdam / 1619
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Duisberg / 1595
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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Amsterdam / 1618
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Amsterdam / 1619 circa
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19 x 14 inches
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1595
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18 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
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Amsterdam / 1595 (1619 ca)
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1619
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1619
Size:
18.5 x 14 inches
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VG
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51668
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Amsterdam / 1619
Size:
19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1595 (1619 ca)
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18.5 x 14.5 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1630
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16.5 x 14 inches
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VG
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22493
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Duisberg / 1595
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18.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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24387
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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25962
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Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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26495
Place/Date:
Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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26511
Place/Date:
Duisberg / 1595
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19 x 14 inches
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VG
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