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1652 circa Jodocus Hondius / Jan Jansson

Nice example the rare English text edition of the first state of Hondius' map of America, following Hondius' removal of the decorative vignettes surrounding the map, shortly after his father's death in 1629. Includes a marvelous peninsular California with the NW Coast of America stretch almost due westward toward Asia, with over 30 place names. Includes an unusual East Coast of North America, packed full of placenames, including Chesdpiooc (Chesapeake), Sanawanook, Hatoraske (Hatteras); Charlefort, Cap de S. Roman, etc. No Great Lakes are shown, nor does Long Island appear. Oversized South America, with Indians and animal vignettes in the interior. The Rio Grande flows into the Gulf of California. The 7 cities of Cibola appear on a lake, which is the apparent source of the Rio Grande. Includes sailing ships, sea monsters and other decorative embellishments. A nice wide margined example in old color, from the rare 1636 English edition of Hondius' Atlas. A bit of soiling and offsetting at the centerfold, else a nice example, which includes a 2 page description of America on the verso, which includes a marvelous description of Columbus' discovery of America, Magellan's circumnavigation, the origin of Native Americans in Asia and a host of other interesting details on America. While later statesw of the map appear with some frequencey, this early state with English text on the verso is quite rare. Burden 192, State 3.

Henricus Hondius Biography

Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) was a Dutch engraver and mapmaker, a member of a prominent cartographic family. His father, Jodocus Hondius, was also an engraver and geographer. While working with his father, Henricus was instrumental in the expansion and republishing of Mercator’s atlas, first published in 1595 and republished by Hondius in 1606.   

Upon his father’s death in 1612, Henricus and his brother, Jodocus the Younger, took over the business. He set up his own shop in 1621, where he continued to release new editions of the Mercator atlas. Later, he partnered with his brother-in-law, Jan Janssonius, in continuing to expand and publish Mercator’s atlas, which would become known as the Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius atlas. Born and based in Amsterdam, he died there in 1651.