"Nova Europae Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus
Period: 1609 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm
This is a very handsome map of Europe embellished with many ships and sea monsters and three strapwork cartouches. The map extends to include Greenland, the Davis Strait and a bit of Americae Pars Estotilad. The mythical island of Frislandt is prominently shown including several place names. The cartouche at right contains an explanation concerning Noah's son, Japheth the progenitor of the peoples of Europe, and his descendents as mentioned in the Table of Nations in Genesis. French text on verso, published between 1609-19.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1B.
A nice impression with full contemporary color on a sheet with a coat of arms watermark, light soiling, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom. Narrow side margins, as issued. There are small remnants of hinge tape on verso.