Hondius' Elegant Map of Cyprus
"Cyprus Ins:", Hondius, Jodocus
Period: 1639 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 13.9 inches
49.3 x 35.3 cm
This superb map of the island of Cyprus is geographically based on the earlier work of Ortelius. This map was added to Mercator's Atlas by Hondius, as Mercator never published a map of Cyprus. Hondius changed the orientation from Ortelius' map, likely influenced by Ptolemy. The beautiful composition of the map makes it one of the most desirable maps of the island. At bottom are inset maps of five Greek islands: Lemnos, Chios, Lesbos, Evia, Kythira, and Rhodes. The map itself is handsomely adorned with a sea monster, a sailing ship, two strapwork cartouches, and a moire patterned sea. French text on verso, published between 1639-1649.
References: Stylianou, pp. 83-85, 290; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8130:1A.
Original outline color with faint scattered foxing. There is a tape stain along the top sheet edge away from the map image from non-archival tape on verso that has since been removed.