"America Meridionalis", Hondius, Jodocus
Subject: South America
Period: 1615 (circa)
Publication: Mercator's Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 14 inches
49.3 x 35.6 cm
Superb folio map of the continent that was added by Jodocus Hondius for publication in his continuation of the Mercator Atlas. The map is beautifully engraved with a wave pattern in the oceans, which are filled with ships, sea monsters and a native canoe. The continent is flanked by two elaborate cartouches; title to the right and a large inset plan of Cusco incorporated into the distance scale cartouche on the left. A Native American is seen with a bow and arrow in the interior.
Tissue repair on centerfold split and small area of weakness caused by color oxidation. Pair of tiny wormholes just below equator. Original color refreshed with some bleed through to verso.