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Auction 179, Lot 585

"Hungaria", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1625 (published)

Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimes...

Color: Hand Color

7 x 5.9 inches
17.8 x 15 cm
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Attractive small map covering most of present-day Hungary with Buda Ofen and Pest (Budapest) at center, but also including a bit of Austria with Vienna. The Danube River flows diagonally across the map. Richly engraved with mountains, cities and forests and a small title/scale cartouche. On a sheet of English text measuring 8.1 x 13.0".

At the beginning of the 17th century, Samuel Purchas, an English cleric, set out to publish a compendium of voyages to foreign countries. To illustrate his work, Purchase obtained the rights to use Jodocus Hondius' copperplates from Atlas Minor. Over 60 maps were included in Purchas His Pilgrimes, most of which were from Hondius' plates, with English titles inserted above them. Purchas also had a few additional maps engraved, including those for India, China, Greenland, North America, and Nova Scotia.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUR-1a #30.

Condition: A

A dark impression with a hint of toning along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 9/16/2020