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HONDIUS, H. - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula.


HONDIUS, H. - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula.
HONDIUS, H. - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula. .



Published : Amsterdam, 1630.
Size : 16.0 x 22.0 inches. / 40.6 x 55.9 cm.
Colouring : Original hand colour.

A first state of this splendid baroque-style world map that features hemispheres surrounded by voluptuous representation of the four elements: Fire by Apollo driving the Sun's chariot across the sky: Aeros, the goddess of Air, surrounded by clouds and birds; Mother Earth, surrounded by animals and the earth's bounty; and Water represented by a water goddess and sea monsters.
Tucked between the hemispheres are a celestial globe and figure of the sun at top, and a scene of Europa receiving tribute from Asia, America and Africa with a figure of the moon at bottom.
In the top corners are portraits of Julius Caesar and Claudius Ptolemy, and in the bottom corners are portraits of the author's father Jodocus Hondius and his mentor Gerard Mercator, all luminaries in the history of geographical innovation. California is represented, in a famous geographical error, as an island, and the map included such new discoveries as part of the north Australia coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of north-east Canada with "Queen Anne's forland" (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water.
This map is an important and striking work from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography.
From "Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Mediationes...".

In 1629, threatened by pending competition from the mapmaking firm of William Janszoon Blaeu and his sons, Henricus Hondius and his partner Jan Jansson set about revising the Mercator-Hondius atlas, their most noted production. Mercator, the most celebrated cartographer of the 16th century, had died in 1594 after publishing just a few parts of the atlas that he had spent decades preparing. In 1604, the plates for his maps were sold to the great Amsterdam cartographer, Jodocus Hondius, who brought out the first of the so-called "Mercator-Hondius" editions in 1606. Hondius supplemented the original 107 maps with 39 new maps compiled under his own supervision, bringing the total number to 146, and had the original text expanded by Petrus Montanus. The new maps were of extremely high quality, and were for the most part devoted to parts of the world, such as America, that had been neglected by Mercator. Hondius's first edition of the general atlas proved instantly popular, selling out within a year, and he continued to augment and perfect it over the following years, constantly adding new maps and incorporating new discoveries and corrections.

In 1629, when Hondius and Jansson revised the world map, it had not been updated for nearly 35 years, and with this splendid map, they signaled a rejuvenation of the atlas and of their business.

Condition : With a printer'-crease along the center fold. Paper slightly age-toned and some light marginal spotting. Generally in good condition.


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