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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1609Hondius, JodocusAmsterdamExquisita & Magno aliquot mensium Periculo Lustrata etiam Retecta Freti Magellanica Facies. . .$1,500 Picture

A copper plate engraved map with ull color wash

Framed size:24 inches X 28-1/2 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy,very clean with vivid colors.

The first Dutch expedition sailed through the Strait of Magellan in 1599-1600, illustrated by a fleet of six sailing ships in the Mar del Zur. This map is a highly embellished map centered on an elaborate compass rose. The map is oriented with south at top of the map. There are three large elaborate cartouches and other wildlife is also illustrated including penguins, sea lions and a whale. An inset illustration of the coastal view of the entrance to the strait is also included. Borders of the map are graduated for latitude. A scale is included in German miles. Depth soundings and shoals are also illustrated in the Straits indicating that navigation of this area was very important. The coast line of Tierra del Fuego becomes a part of the unknown southern continent.

This map is very decorative and fascinating to study, created in a period of great discoveries.

Jodocus Hondius was a Flemish artist, engraver, and cartographer. In 1604 he purchased the plates of Gerard Mercator's Atlas from Mercator's grandson. Hondius republished Mercator's work with 36 additional maps, including several which he himself had produced. Despite the addition of his own contributions, Hondius gave Mercator full credit as the author of the work, listing himself as the publisher. He is best known for his early maps of the New World and Europe, for re-establishing the reputation of the cartography work of Gerard Mercator. He helped established Amsterdam as the center of cartography in Europe in the 17th century.

References: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 2 Page 364, Hondius Jodocus, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999

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