Auction 136, Lot 465

"Nova Europae Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Europe

Period: 1623 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.6 inches
49.5 x 37.1 cm

This is a very handsome map of Europe embellished with many ships and sea monsters and three strapwork cartouches. The map extends to include Greenland, the Davis Strait and a bit of Americae Pars Estotilad. The mythical island of Frislandt is prominently shown including several place names. The cartouche at right contains an explanation concerning Noah's son, Japheth the progenitor of the peoples of Europe, and his descendents as mentioned in the Table of Nations in Genesis.


Condition: A

Vibrant original color in the unique Mercator/Hondius palette.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,700

Sold for: $2,100

Closed on 6/1/2011