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Auction 118, Lot 106

"America noviter delineata", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1665 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm

This beautiful and popular map of the Americas was emulated by numerous cartographers and went through numerous editions. Originally issued by Jodocus Hondius in 1618 with carte-a-figures borders, it was derived from two earlier maps by Blaeu. The North Pole depicts Frobisher's theory of the Northwest Passage and the South Pole shows the long-held notion of the mythical southern continent. North America retains the peninsular California and the East Coast is beginning to take shape, although it still lacks detail in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Southwest the famous seven cities of Cibola appear on the banks of a large lake. In South America, there is a large inland sea and two engraved scenes, one of which details a cannibalistic feast. Two stylized insets of the two polar regions are enclosed in strapwork cartouches. The map is richly ornamented with a strapwork title cartouche, fleets of ships and sea monsters.

Shortly after Jodocus Hondius' death in 1629 the plated passed into the hands of his brother, Henricus. The borders were removed to facilitate the smaller format of the Atlas Novus that was published in partnership with his brother-in-law, Jan Jansson. This is state 5 with Jansson's imprint below the cartouche. French text on verso.

References: Burden #192; Goss #27; Tooley (America) plt. 172.

Condition: B

Nice impression and original color that appears to have been freshened due to oxidation. Light Japanese tissue on verso to strengthen area in the upper inset that were weakened by oxidation.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 3/6/2007

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