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Auction 168, Lot 620

"Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Asia

Period: 1666 (published)

Publication: Atlas Contractus

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm

In 1630 Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson undertook a major revision of the Mercator Atlas in response to fierce competition with the Blaeu family. This map is based on the 1623 map of Asia by Henricus' brother (Jodocus), but without the decorative panels. The map extends from the Arabian Peninsula through the East Indies. There is a wide expanse of ocean between the east coast of Asia and America, which is conveniently hidden by a dedication cartouche. Korea is shown as a long peninsula and Japan is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira model. This beautiful map became the standard map of Asia throughout the 17th century. Two hunters flank the title cartouche and the map is embellished with a pair of lions, an elephant, European ships, a Chinese sampan, and a sea monster. Latin text on verso.

References: Yeo #33; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8000:1D.4.

Condition: B+

On a bright sheet with a 7.5" centerfold separation at bottom that has been professionally repaired on verso. Several chips along the sheet's edges have also been professionally repaired, and well away from the map image.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/6/2018