Full Contemporary Color
"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, Alias Barmudas Dictarum, ad Ostia Mexicani Aestuary...", Hondius/Jansson
Period: 1644 (circa)
Publication: Novus Atlas
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 15.5 inches
51.6 x 39.4 cm
A striking map based on the famous survey by Richard Norwood of the Bermuda Company, also known as the Somers Isles Company, in 1618. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, which were a short-lived name for what became administrative parishes, and were names of major shareholders in the company. Also shown are the various landowners, with their names in a table below the map. There are many tiny houses shown on the map, locating settlements, as well as minute cannons marking the defensible points. The map is superimposed over a chart of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispaniola showing the location of Bermuda. Decorated with an exquisite strapwork cartouche, a coat of arms, a medallion and a compass rose. Jansson reissued Hondius' plate with his imprint between 1644-80. German text on verso, published between 1644-58.
References: Palmer (MCC-19) #11; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9660:1.2.
A dark impression with full contemporary color, color offsetting, printer's ink residue, and small remnants of hinge tape on verso. There is a centerfold separation at top and a short tear at bottom, both confined to the blank margins.