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Auction 190, Lot 324

"Europa Exactissime Descripta", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Europe

Period: 1631 (dated)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris et I. Hondii Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 15 inches
51.3 x 38.1 cm
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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.

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $950

Closed on 11/16/2022