Auction 157, Lot 442

"Nova Europae Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Europe

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.7 x 14.8 inches
50 x 37.6 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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: B

A nice impression with full original color on watermarked paper. There is moderate toning, a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold, and professional repairs to several minor separations along the centerfold.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/4/2016

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