Typus Orbis Terrarum. Jodocus HONDIUS.

Typus Orbis Terrarum.

Amsterdam: 1607.

Handcoloured copper engraving, 290 x 180 mm. (sheet size), with letterpress to verso. Mounted.

Beautiful decorated double-hemisphere map of the world from the Atlas Minor published by Jodocus Hondius in 1607. In 1604 Hondius and a business partner purchased the copper plates from Mercator's estate and continued to print grand atlas editions from them, supplementing the original plates with further maps of their own. A few years afterwards Hondius re-engraved the plates in a smaller format and published the Atlas Minor of 1607, of which this world map was the opening attraction.

Beautiful decorated double-hemisphere map of the world from the Atlas Minor published by Jodocus Hondius in 1607. In 1604 Hondius and a business partner purchased the copper plates from Mercator's estate and continued to print grand atlas editions from them, supplementing the original plates with further maps of their own. A few years afterwards Hondius re-engraved the plates in a smaller format and published the Atlas Minor of 1607, of which this world map was the opening attraction.
Hondius, born Joost de Hondt in 1563, was one of the foremost Flemish cartographers and engravers of his generation. From an early age he showed precocious ability in the geographical sciences, mathematics and a range of languages. Born into a Protestant family, Hondius was forced to flee for England in 1584, a move that played an important role in his career as a cartographic innovator. During his employment in London, Hondius met and conversed with leading explorers and scholars of the era, a valuable exchange that sharpened his geographical knowledge and curiosity. He eventually settled and flourished in Amsterdam, here publishing atlases and maps in several European languages. The letterpress to the reverse of this map is in English, and describes the discovery of the Straits of Magellan.
As was common for the era, this map of the earth depicts an enormous antipodes filling the entire southern ocean. A few scant details derived from actual geographical discoveries are noted, such as Tierra del Fuego and the coastline of New Guinea. Interestingly, the place-name 'Beach' (derived from the travels of Marco Polo) is retained while the Solomon Islands are blended with the vast mass of Terra Australis. Overall the map is a remarkably balanced and elegant creation, with a beautiful engraved border sheltering Hondius' favourite Psalm engraved in latin: 'The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it; the world, and all who dwell therein.'

Price (AUD): $2,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107412

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