"Europa Exactissime Descripta", Hondius/Jansson
Period: 1666 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.1 x 15 inches
51.1 x 38.1 cm
A very decorative map of Europe with minutely engraved detail throughout, showing the mythical island of Frisland near Iceland. While revising the Mercator Atlas in 1630 in response to fierce competition with the Blaeu family, the map of Europe was completely redrawn and updated, particularly in the northern regions. It is decorated with lovely title cartouche, ships, a sea monster and lions. Latin text on verso, published between 1666-80.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1D.4.
A dark impression with wide margins, light offsetting, and some toning along the centerfold.