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- Author: Jodocus & Sons Hondius
- Date: 1641
- Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Excellent
- Inches: 23" x 16"
- Centimeters: 58.97 x 41.03
- Price: Sold
NOVA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS GEOGRAPHICA AC HYDROGRAPHICA TABVLA. Auct: Henr. Hondio. Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1641.
Henricus Hondius was the younger son of mapmaker Jodocus Hondius, and himself one of the most important figures of the Dutch Golden Age of Cartography. In 1604, the elder Hondius purchased the plates of Mercator's Atlas, many of which had been drawn by the great mapmaker himself. The Hondius family updated Mercator's plates and added maps in subsequent editions.
This map, commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful of the period, first appeared in the 1630 edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Our example represents the map's second state, distinguishable by the addition of Jansson's name in the bottom center and the date (1641) in the lower right cartouche.
Embellished above and below each hemisphere with allegorical representations of the four elements (fire, air, water, and land), the map includes portraits of Julius Caesar, 2nd-century geographer Claudius Ptolemy, and the atlas's first two publishers, Mercator and Jodocus Hondius.
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