Rare Edition with New Zealand, Tasmania and <i>Nova Hollandia</i>
"[Polus Antarcticus]", Hondius/Jansson
Subject: South Pole
Period: 1666 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Contractus
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 16.8 inches
48.5 x 42.7 cm
This early map of the south pole is considered one of the earliest realistic maps of the Antarctic continent, which is partially delineated in a combination of coastline and strings of islands noted as first discovered by Magellan. The circular map also shows parts of South America, Africa and Madagascar with the incomplete coastline of Australia. When first published in 1637, this was the first printed map to show the discovery of Peter Nuyts land and was the best map of Australia prior to Tasman's discoveries. Other early Dutch explorations in the region are also noted. The map is surrounded by fabulous engravings of natives and early explorers. This is the fourth state, in which the title cartouche has been removed to make room for the new discoveries of New Zealand and Tasmania. This is also the only edition to name Nova Hollandia, and the Islands of Amsterdam and Paulo have also been added. Blank verso.
References: Tooley (Australia) p. 198, #10; Tooley (MCC-2) #24; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0030:1.4.
A nice impression with full, original color, light soiling, and some very small worm holes that do not distract. There is a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin that has been archivally repaired, and heavy soiling in the corners of the sheet, well away from the image.