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Auction 134, Lot 77

"America", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 cm
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Jodocus Hondius' map of the Americas is one of the most elaborate examples of fine Dutch cartography. The decorations, including sea monsters, indigenous birds, native canoes and sailing vessels, are taken from De Bry's Grand Voyages. Particularly notable is the scene of natives preparing an intoxicating drink made from manioc roots, which is derived from Hans Staden's harrowing venture into Brazil. The continents are presented on a stereographic projection, which was becoming increasingly popular at the beginning on the 17th century. It presents a more correct western coastline of South America and narrows the breadth of Mexico. However, North America is still too broad and Virginia has an exaggerated coastline. Newfoundland is based on Plancius. The coastlines are fully engraved with place names. This is from the last French edition of this important atlas.

References: Burden #150.

Condition: B+

The margins have some chips and edge tears and there is some paper restoration in the left side margin that does not affect the map. There is some extraneous creasing along the centerfold and the paper is mildly toned with attractive old color.

Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $4,500

Closed on 12/1/2010