Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 53

Hondius' Important Map of the Americas in Full Original Color

"America", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 14.9 inches
50.5 x 37.8 cm

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. French text on verso.

References: Burden #150; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9000:1B.

Condition: B+

Full original color with a few small abrasions and light toning and soiling. There are professional repairs to two short centerfold separations at top and bottom, a tear that extends 2" into map at bottom right, and another tear that extends less than 1" into map at bottom left. There are a few additional professional repairs to several tiny tears and chips confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $4,750 - $6,000

Sold for: $2,800

Closed on 11/19/2014