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Auction 184, Lot 76

Hondius' Decorative Map of the Americas in Full Contemporary Color

"America Noviter Delineata", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1631 (dated)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris et I. Hondii Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm
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This beautiful and popular map of the Americas was emulated by numerous cartographers and went through various editions. Originally issued by Jodocus Hondius II in 1618 with carte-a-figures borders, it was derived from two earlier maps by Blaeu. North America retains the peninsular California and the East Coast is beginning to take shape, although it still lacks detail in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Southwest, the famous seven cities of Cibola appear on the banks of a large lake. In South America, there is a large inland sea on the equator and two engraved scenes - one detailing a cannibalistic feast. Two stylized insets of the polar regions are enclosed in strapwork cartouches; the North Pole depicts Frobisher's theory of the Northwest Passage and the South Pole shows the long-held notion of the mythical southern continent. The map is richly ornamented with a strapwork title cartouche, fleets of ships and sea monsters.

Shortly after Jodocus Hondius' death in 1629 the plate passed into the hands of his brother, Henricus. The borders were removed to facilitate the smaller atlas. This is the third state with the imprint of Henrico Hondius and a date of 1631. German text on verso, published in 1633 or 1636.

References: Burden #192; Goss (NA) #27; Tooley (America), plt. 172; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9000:1D.2.

Condition: A

A nice impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet with a measuring dividers watermark. There is some minor errant coloring along the centerfold and a few faint dampstains along the edges of the sheet. There are professional repairs to two tiny tears along the centerfold in the South Pacific, a centerfold separation and adjacent tear in the bottom blank margin, and some tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/15/2021

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