"[Lot of 2] Scotiae pars Septentrionalis [and] Pars Scotiae Australis", Hondius, Henricus
Period: 1636 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18 x 13.7 inches
45.7 x 34.8 cm
Fine pair of maps covering the whole of Scotland based on Mercator's earlier map. After the death of Jodocus Hondius in 1629, his widow sold a number of plates to Blaeu. Angry at the sale to a competitor, Henricus and Joannes Jansson engaged engravers to cut new plates for their expanded edition of the Mercator Atlas. The cartography shows the influence of an earlier map by Nicolas de Nicolay with Mercator's depiction of Cape Wrayght or Faro Head. The map is stylistically updated, dropping the moiré patterned sea, and adding decorative cartouches, putti, ships and sea monsters. A matched pair.
Nice impression and lovely original color. Minor printer's crease in map and light stains in blank margins, two just touching border of second map.