Belgium Mini-sheet Commemorates Mercator and Hondius

Belgium 2012-03-12

Belgium 2012-03-12

A new two stamp mini-sheet was issued by Belgium Post on March 12, 2012 to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerhard Mercator. The “Rate 3” denominated (€ 7.14) sheet features two stamps, the left one of Gerhard Mercator and the right of Jodocius Hondius. The background of the sheet appears to be an image of the “NOVA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS GEOGRAPHICA AC HYDROGRAPHICA TABULA,” published in 1633 by [i believe] Hondius’ son Henricus. Hondius helped to re-establish the reputation of the work of Mercator, through the reissue and expansion of a series of previously published Mercator works. This is another fine looking cartophilatelic item for 2012.

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