Auction 144, Lot 221

"Asia", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: Asia

Period: 1625 (published)

Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimes

Color: Black & White

7.5 x 6 inches
19.1 x 15.2 cm

A small version of Hondius' important map of the continent and the East Indies. Korea appears as an island, an exaggerated Gulf of Cambay distorts the Indian subcontinent, the southern coastline of Java is blank, and in the extreme east, across the Anian Strait, is Americae Pars. A great map with much else of interest. Strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches. On a full sheet of English text (8.0 x 12.6") with text on verso.

At the beginning of the 17th century, Samuel Purchas, an English cleric, set out to publish a compendium of voyages to foreign countries. To illustrate his work, Purchase obtained the rights to use Jodocus Hondius' copperplates from Atlas Minor. Over 60 maps were included in Purchas His Pilgrimes, most of which were from Hondius' plates, with English titles inserted above them. Purchas also had a few additional maps engraved, including those for India, China, Greenland, North America, and Nova Scotia.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUR-1a #21.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with one small rust spot on right neatline. No left margin, as issued.

Estimate: $300 - $375


Closed on 4/3/2013