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Blog post from Thursday, 6 March, 2014

Happy 402nd Birthday Gerhard Mercator who was born on this day in 1512.

Based on Mercator’s Atlas of 1585-1595, this edition of 1630 was added to by Jodocus Hondius and his son Hendrik Hondius.

Did you know that Mercator is attributed with being the first person to use the word atlas to describe a group of maps? (Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1989, 2nd ed, Clarenden Press, Oxford).