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14. Aeneae Troiani Navigatio Mercator, Gerard and Hondius, Jodocus Copper engraved with hand colour [Amsterdam, c.1620 150 x 187 mm A decorative miniature map of the wanderings of Aeneas, the Trojan hero and ancestor of the Roman people, from a Latin edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas Minor. The map depicts the journeys of Aeneas and his band of Trojan exiles across the Eastern Mediterranean. The map is heavily annotated with notes from Virgil’s Aeneid, listing all of the locations mentioned in the text, as well as the various tribes, peoples, and nations of the Greek, Trojan, North African, and Latin worlds. Principal cities and towns are picked out in red, and many of them are provided with further anecdotes and explanations. In the sea itself, two groups of warships are depicted. One, off the coasts of North Africa and Sicily, depicts a scene of ship-wreck. A number of the epic poem’s more fantastic elements are also featured on the map, including the Cyclopes, included amongst the inhabitants of Sicily, the monster Scylla at the straits of Messina, and the rocks of the Sirens off the coast of Naples. The map was likely inspired by a similar large scale example published by Ortelius for the Parergon, a collection of maps on classical and biblical subjects intended as a supplement to the famous Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Condition: Excellent dark impression. Minor time-toning to margins, not affecting plate or map. Small waterstain to top margin, not affecting plate or map. [42088] £375

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