Attractive and rare little World map by Hondius.

This map comes from the first french edition of Langene's Caert Thresor ..here the Atlas is titled 'Thresor de Chartes, contenant les Tableaux de Tous les Pays du Monde'.

Printed in the Hague for Cornelis Claesz.

Double hemisphere map is finely engraved with a strapwork surround, the name Iehova at top, and a compass rose with Jodocus Hondius' imprint at bottom. Terra Australis Incognita fills the Southern Hemisphere and nearly connects to New Guinea in the region of Australia. Due to the small size of the map, there are only a few place names and only the major topographical features are delineated. Anian, Nova Francia, Norobega, Florida, California, and Hispania Nova are noted in North America.

The small maps are 'extremely well-engraved: neat and clear, elegantly composed' Koeman

Printed surface very good with tiny repaired hole but the margins are a bit scruffy

Very good hand colour

Overall very good condition.

Ref: Shirley #182; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0001:341B.1.

code : M3880

Cartographer : HONDIUS Family

Date : 1600 The Hague

Size : 8.5*12.5 cms

availability : Sold

Price : Sold

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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 effectively superseded Ortelius' "Theatrum".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.