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1616Hondius, JodocusAmsterdamAmerica$6,500 Picture

A copper plate engraved map with full color wash

Size: 24 inches X 28-1/2 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy with vivid color.

This prized map is a Hondius update to it's Mercator predecessor. Hondius reshaped the coast lines and narrowed the continent but retained the wide North American projection. The map shows a more correct west coast of South America, though the entire map is an amalgam of various cartographic sources.

An inset shows the steps taken by native Indians in the preparation of an alcoholic drink from the manioc root. Several sailing ships and a Chinese junk are illustrated along with birds and sea creatures.

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: The Mapping of North America, Plate 150 America, Burden, Philip, Raleigh Publications, Hertz, 1996; Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 2 Page 364, Hondius Jodocus, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999

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