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Auction 98, Lot 57

"America", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1607-08 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 cm
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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 stenographic 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

Professionally backed with light Japanese tissue, repairing and strengthening cracks resulting from oxidation of the original color. A nice decorative example of this fine map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 3/6/2002