Auction 130, Lot 764

"Nova Africae Tabula", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Africa

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.6 inches
49.5 x 37.1 cm

In 1606 Jodocus Hondius acquired the copperplates of Mercator's Atlas, to which he added thirty-seven of his own composition, and republished this enormously influential atlas. His map of Africa strongly reflects Mercator's style with the moiré style engraving to denote the oceans and large handsome cartouche of interlocking strap design. It is also geographically based on Mercator with updates from many sources including Pigafetta, Ramusio, De Barros, and Linschoten. The eastern coastline, particularly that of Madagascar, is considerably altered. Hondius improved the southern tip by inserting Saldanha Bay and Cape False and discarding Cayneca. The map is embellished with several sailing ships, sea monsters. French text on verso.

References: Betz #52; Norwich #27.

Condition: A

Nice impression and old color. There are two repaired tears in blank side margins and a couple tiny rust spots in the map.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 12/2/2009