The ‘Atlas Minor’ by Johannes Cloppenburg was the least successful of three ‘Minor’ versions of Gerard Mercator’s ‘Atlas’. First published in 1630 with French text, there were just three editions in all. The reasons for this are unknown but may have something to do with the fact that when the plates reappeared some forty years later they were in the hands of Johannes Janssonius’ descendants. Janssonius had published a rival slightly smaller atlas in 1628. It is possible he bought this the largest of the three works. The copperplates for this work were engraved by Pieter van den Keere and this one of the British Isles is derived directly from Mercator. This example is from the ensuing Latin edition of 1632. Provenance: acquired from Doreen Green, 1993; private English collection. Koeman ME 198; Phillips 3439; Shirley British Isles 412; Shirley ‘Atlases in the BL’ T.Clop 1a; Van der Krogt, P. (1997, Atlantes) 353:11.