Auction 127, Lot 13

"Designatio Orbis Christiani", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: World

Period: 1625 (circa)

Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimage

Color: Hand Color

7.3 x 5.8 inches
18.5 x 14.7 cm

This is one of the first thematic maps. It is drawn on a planispherical projection and uses symbols (identified in the key at bottom) to designate those areas of the world that are Christian (cross), Muslim (crescent), and pagan (arrow). It shows most of the world, excluding the west coast of North America. In Asia, Korea is shown as an island. The Nile rises from twin lakes in southern Africa. There is a huge southern continent that incorporates the landmass of Australia. The English title above the map is Hondius his Map of the Christian World. English text on verso.

References: Shirley #260.

Condition: B+

The map has been trimmed from the text page, but has adequate margins for framing.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/25/2009