"Europa Exactissime Descripta", Hondius, Henricus
Period: 1631 (dated)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris et I. Hondii Atlas
Color: Hand Color
20.2 x 15 inches
51.3 x 38.1 cm
A very decorative map of Europe with minutely engraved detail throughout, showing the mythical island of Frisland near Iceland. While revising the Mercator Atlas in 1630 in response to fierce competition with the Blaeu family, the map of Europe was completely redrawn and updated, particularly in the northern regions. It is decorated with lovely title cartouche, ships, a sea monster and lions. German text on verso, published in 1633.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000:1D.2.
A dark impression on a bright sheet with light soiling, some show-through of text on verso, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom.