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Auction 109, Lot 72

"America", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.7 inches
49.8 x 37.3 cm

One of the most elaborate examples of fine Dutch cartography decorated with cartouches, a large scene of Brazilian natives brewing and partaking of a ceremonial beverage, sea monsters, indigenous birds, native canoes and sailing vessels. The sterographic projection is based on various sources. It corrects the western coastline of South America. However, North America is still too broad. Newfoundland is based on Plancius and Virginia is overly exaggerated. The coastlines are fully engraved with place names. From the last French edition of this important atlas.

References: Burden #150.

Condition: A+

Minor expert repairs on centerfold in blank margins.

Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $6,500

Closed on 12/1/2004