Auction 96, Lot 72

"America", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1613-16 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 cm

One of the most elaborate examples of fine Dutch cartography decorated with cartouches, a large scene of Brazilian natives brewing and partaking of a ceremonial beverage, sea monsters, indigenous birds, native canoes and sailing vessels. The sterographic projection is based on various sources. It corrects the western coastline of South America. However, North America is still enlarged. Newfoundland is based on Plancius and Virginia is overly exaggerated. The coastlines are fully engraved with place names.

References: Burden #150.

Condition: B

An attractive decorative example. Several worm tracks filled with facsimile, some in pencil. Margins trimmed but still adequate for framing.

Estimate: $5,000 - $5,500

Sold for: $4,250

Closed on 9/12/2001