This is one of the most stunning maps of the 1600s. It features the world presented in two hemispheres.In the four corners, allegories of the four elements are presented as well as portraits of noted historical figures Ptolemy, Mercator, Hondius, and Julius Caeser. Shirley noted of this map: In 1629, threatened by pending competition from W. Blaeu and his sons, Jan Jansson and his partner Henricus Hondius set about revising the Mercator-Hondius atlas which (in respect of the world map) had continued unchanged for nearly thirty-five years. The partners' new world map is a fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the time. The two hemispheres are bordered by voluptuous representations of the four elements and other scenes: in the top corners are portraits of Julius Caesar and Claudius Ptolemy and in the bottom corners are portraits of the author's father Jodocus Hondius and his mentor Gerard Mercator.
For geographical detail Hondius has followed Speed and his contemporaries and also presents California as an island. New features include part of the north Australia coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of north-east Canada with'Queen Ann's forland' (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water. He learned his trade from his father, Jodocus Hondius, an engraver and geographer. He was involved with the republishing of Mercator's atlas as well. Henricus worked closed with his brother, Jodocus the younger, and took over their father's engraving business.
He would later start his own shop in 1621 where he would eventually partner with Jan Janssonius and continued publishing Mercator's work where it would eventually be referred to as the Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius atlas. Guarantee: This listing is an original antique and not a modern reproduction.I guarantee this listing to be authentic. Due to its age, some imperfections can be expected. Please view the detailed photo(s) carefully. If other arrangements need to be made, please contact me. Print Style: Originally Hand-colored Engraving. Original Descriptive Text: Provided when Available. Overall Very Good to Excellent. There is some uneven toning or mat burn present in the margins. Some of the world maps from this collection have archival tape at verso to reinforce the edges or from being matted previously.
We've included pictures of the verso of the map, and in some cases further detail of the decorative areas of the maps. To view all our listings , please follow this link or the links below. The item "Hondius Map of the World Totius Terrarum Orbis. 36, 1630 Original Engraving" is in sale since Sunday, March 28, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World Maps". The seller is "antiqueprint" and is located in Franklin, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.