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Cuba or Cyprus? : a remarkable copy of the Mercator-Hondius atlas from 1606

The renowned geographer, engraver and instrument maker Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) published a world atlas from 1585 onwards, which would be the first to obtain the name Atlas in the long run. It became a popular atlas which was to have many editions. In the edition of the Mercator atlas presented here, published in Amsterdam in 1606 by Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), something strange is the matter. For the island of Cuba looks suspiciously like Cyprus…!

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Cruquius’ map of the Merwede: a cartographic masterpiece

It may safely be said that Nicolaas Cruquius’ map of the river Merwede between Woudrichem and Hardinxveld (1729-1730) is a real masterpiece. For the first time in the history of cartography a printed system of bathymetric contours was used. The map is also known for its beautiful engraving. However, its background is less well-known. What were the reasons behind Cruquius’ masterpiece and how should we judge the usability of the map?