"Asia recens summa cura delineata", Hondius, Henricus
Period: 1631 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 14.6 inches
49.8 x 37.1 cm
In 1630 Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson undertook a major revision of the Mercator Atlas in response to fierce competition with the Blaeu family. This map is based on the 1623 map of Asia by Henricus' brother (Jodocus), but without the decorative panels. The map extends from the Arabian peninsula through the East Indies. There is a wide expanse of ocean between the east coast of Asia and America, which is conveniently hidden by a dedication cartouche. Korea is shown as a long peninsula and Japan on the Ortelius/Teixeira model. This beautiful map became the standard map of Asia throughout the 17th century. Two hunters flank the title cartouche and the map is embellished with animals, ships and delightful sea creatures. French text on verso.
References: Yeo #33.
Backed with Japanese tissue repairing 4" tear at bottom and a short horizontal tear on centerfold. Piece of paper has been replaced in blank bottom margin.