"Nova Europae Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus
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.
Old color with a number of small worm holes in the image, mainly in unengraved areas of the map, as well as light soiling, a small abrasion in Turkey, and a few pen marks next to the seal above Norway. There are numerous centerfold separations and a tear next to the centerfold that have been repaired on verso with archival material.