The ‘Atlas Minor’ by Johannes Cloppenburg was the least successful of three ‘Minor’ versions of Gerard Mercator’s ‘Atlas’. Published in just three editions the first was issued in 1630. 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 Jan Jansson van Waesberge, the son-in-law of Joannes Janssonius. 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. This map is of the north west of England and northern Wales and is derived directly from Mercator. The plate is in its rare third state following the removal of the shot silk moire effect of the sea and the addition of a plate number added upper right. It appeared in the ‘Atlas Portatif’ by Henri du Sauzet, published in 1734. A very rare issue. Koeman ME 207; Van der Krogt, P. (1997, Atlantes) 353:41; Phillips 5970; refer Shirley (2004) T.Clop 1a (this edition not in the British Library).