Hondius' Important Map of the Americas
"America", Hondius, Jodocus
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1606 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 14.6 inches
49.3 x 37.1 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. Blank verso, published between 1606-30.
References: Burden #150; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9000:1B.
Superb impression and color on watermarked paper with a centerfold separation that enters 2" into image at bottom and has been closed on verso with old paper, and a tear that just enters map border at bottom center that has been archivally repaired. There is very light mat burn confined to the blank margins, and remnants of hinge tape on verso.