"Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata", Hondius/Jansson
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 14.8 inches
50 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, published between 1646-66.
References: Yeo #33; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8000:1D.4.
A nice impression with full contemporary color on a bright, watermarked sheet with professional repairs along the centerfold at bottom. There is an old manuscript page number at top right.