"Nova Africae Tabula", Hondius, Jodocus
Period: 1619 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm
In 1606 Jodocus Hondius acquired the copperplates of Mercator's Atlas, to which he added thirty-seven of his own composition, and republished this enormously influential atlas. His map of Africa strongly reflects Mercator's style with the moiré style engraving to denote the oceans and large handsome cartouche of interlocking strap design. It is also geographically based on Mercator with updates from many sources including Pigafetta, Ramusio, De Barros, and Linschoten. The eastern coastline, particularly that of Madagascar, is considerably altered. Hondius improved the southern tip by inserting Saldanha Bay and Cape False and discarding Cayneca. The map is embellished with several sailing ships, sea monsters, and a large strapwork cartouche. French text on verso.
References: Betz #52; Norwich #27; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8600:1B.
Full original color with very light toning, two large but light stains in the North Atlantic, and a small hole along the centerfold in South Africa that has been archivally repaired.