Auction 110, Lot 12

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: World

Period: 1630 (dated)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris et I. Hondii Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

21.2 x 15 inches
53.8 x 38.1 cm

A splendid baroque-style world map that features hemispheres surrounded by voluptuous representations of the four elements: Fire by Apollo driving the Sun's chariot across the sky; Aeros, the goddess of Air, surrounded by clouds and birds; Mother Earth, surrounded by animals and the earth's bounty; and Water represented by a Siren and sea monsters. Tucked between the hemispheres are a celestial globe with the figure of the sun at top, and a scene of Europa receiving tribute from Asia, America and Africa with a figure of the moon at bottom. Four portraits fill the corners: Julius Caesar, Claudius Ptolemy, Jodocus Hondius and Gerard Mercator. The scenes are all beautifully linked together with a rich garland of fruit. For geographical detail Hondius presents California as an island, the Dutch discoveries on the Carpentaria coast of Australia, and Queen Anne's forland (Baffin's Island) on the northeast coast of Canada. The faint outline of Terra Australis Incognita is still in evidence. German text on verso. This map had a long life and was included in all issues of the Mercator/Hondius atlas from 1633 onwards. This is the first state issued prior to 1641.

References: Shirley #336.

Condition: A

Overall very good with fine original color, a nice impression and full original margins. There are a couple of unobtrusive spots of foxing, but they are offset by the lovely color.

Estimate: $12,000 - $13,000

Sold for: $9,000

Closed on 3/2/2005