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£650

Stunning map of Wales by Mercator / Hondius.

Highly decorative with cartouches , sailing vessels, sea monsters etc. Good strong impression with full unblemished margins.

Full original colour.

Probably one of the most attractive early maps of Wales in near mint condition

Original cartography from Humphrey Loyd

Engraver: Petrus Kaerius

References: Van der Krogt 1, 5500:1A.1.

Publication Gerardi Mercatoris, Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura". Published in Amsterdam 1613. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius

code : M4809

Cartographer : HONDIUS Family

Date : 1613 Amsterdam

Size : 35*50 cms

availability : Available

Price : £650

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Jodocus Hondius I(1563-1612) was one of the foremost map engravers of his day; he worked for many Dutch publishers and was also employed by the English map- and print-sellers, Sudbury and Humble, to engrave the maps for John Speed's "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine", published in 1612. Hondius married Coletta van den Keere (sister of Pieter van de Keere - also heavily involved in the map trade) thus strengthening his links with the map world at this time.

Hondius bought the copperplates of Mercator's "Atlas Sive Cosmographicae ..." at the auction of Gerard Jr.'s effects in 1604. He added another forty maps, including new maps of the continents and important regional maps of the Americas, before publishing a new edition of the "Atlas ..." in 1606 that was in direct competition with Ortelius' "Theatrum". As many of Hondius' maps were more up-to-date, the Mercator-Hondius "Atlas ..." effectively superseded Ortelius' "Theatrum".

Jodocus also had the plates of the "Atlas ..." reduced at this time in order to publish them in the "Atlas Minor" that first appeared in 1607. Cornelis Clasz and Johannes Janssonius of Arnhem (the elder Janssonius) were the publishers involved in this 'miniature' endeavour.

Henricus and Jodocus II were sons of Jodocus I. From 1619 the "Atlas ..." was published under the Henricus Hondius imprint. Henricus appears to have been heavily involved in the "Atlas ..." from 1619 until 1633 when his brother-in-law's name and imprint, that of Johannes Janssonius, also started appearing on the "Atlas ..." After 1636 the name of the "Atlas ..." was changed to "Atlas Novus" with Janssonius being responsible, in the main, for its publication.