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Auction 153, Lot 436

"Nova Europae Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Europe

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 14.9 inches
50.5 x 37.8 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. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1B.

Condition: B+

A clean, bright example with a small abrasion adjacent to England and minor soiling along the centerfold. There are professional repairs to centerfold separation at top and a tear that extends 2.5" into map at bottom.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/20/2015