Auction 111, Lot 612

"Tartaria", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Asia - Northern

Period: 1619 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 13.3 inches
48.5 x 33.8 cm

This is a splendid example of Hondius' engraving. The map covers all of northern Asia from Moscow to the Anian Fretum and Americae Pars. Korea is shown as an island. Illustrations include the Great Wall in China, rivers, villages, mountains etc. The newly discovered Nova Zembla and mythological Lands of Gog and Magog are shown in the Arctic region. Beautifully decorated with costumed people, a camp scene and three large strapwork cartouches. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #8050:1A.

Condition: B

Faint damp stain entering map along top centerfold, else very good with a fine impression and lovely original color.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/8/2005