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Auction 132, Lot 67

"America noviter delineata", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1631 (dated)

Publication: Atlantis Novi

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm

This beautiful and popular map of the Americas was emulated by numerous cartographers and went through various editions. Originally issued by Jodocus Hondius II in 1618 with carte-a-figures borders, it was derived from two earlier maps by Blaeu. 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 on the equator and two engraved scenes - one detailing a cannibalistic feast. Two stylized insets of the polar regions are enclosed in strapwork cartouches; 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. The map is richly ornamented with a strapwork title cartouche, fleets of ships and sea monsters.

Shortly after Jodocus Hondius' death in 1629 the plate passed into the hands of his brother, Henricus. The borders were removed to facilitate the smaller atlas. This is the third state with the imprint of Henrico Hondius and a date of 1631. Latin text on verso, published between 1636 and 1644.

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

Condition: B+

Sharp impression, fine old color and wide original margins. There is a faint stain in South America and a couple professional tissue repairs on verso reinforcing some oxidation and filling a small paper loss in Florida. Overall a very attractive map.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 6/2/2010