"Nova Africae Tabula", Hondius, Jodocus
Period: 1606 (circa)
Publication: Mercator Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 14.6 inches
49.5 x 37.1 cm
In 1606 Jodocus Hondius acquired the copperplates of the "Mercator Atlas", to which he added thirty-seven of his own composition, and republished this enormously influential atlas. His map of Africa strongly reflects Mercator's style with the moiré style engraving to denote the oceans and large handsome cartouche of interlocking strap design. It is also geographically based on Mercator except that the coastline, particularly that of Madagascar, is considerably altered. Hondius improved the southern tip by inserting Saldanha Bay and Cape False and discarding Cayneca. The map is embellished with several sailing ships, sea monsters.
References: Norwich #27.
Original color. Light offsetting and oxidation. Repair of some damage to lower centerfold.