Henricus Hondius | World map, 1641
Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographia tabula. Amsterdam, 1641 [or later]
505 x 610mm., double-page engraved twin-hemispherical world map, borders densely decorated with allegories of the elements. corner medallion portraits of Julius Caesar, Ptolemy, Mercator and Hondius, Latin text on verso
A dark impression of "a fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the period" (Shirley).
This is a famous baroque-style map of the world, first added to the revitalised Mercator-Hondius Atlas in 1633. The vignette portraits of Ptolemy, Mercator and Jodocus Hondius symbolically link the Hondius family to the two greatest cartographers in early history; the border scenes are allegories of the four classical elements - earth, air, fire and water - while figures representing the continents of Asia, Africa and America bring tribute to Europe, depicted as a queen enthroned.
Geographically, the map is typical of the period, with California shown as an island, North America without the Great Lakes, and a large Terra Australis Incognita.
However, this is regarded as "the oldest dated map in an atlas on which a Dutch discovery in Australia has been shown cartographically" (Schilder), with a short extent of the northern coast of Australia, discovered by Carstensz. and Colsten in 1623, visible to the south of New Guinea.
Shirley 336, state 2
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