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Attractive example of Henricus Hondius' derivative of John Smith's highly important 1612 map of Virginia, based upon the 1618 map of Henricus' brother Jodocus Hondius, the plate for which had been sold to Willem Blaeu by Jodocus' estates after his death in 1629. This was one of the first maps engraved by Henricus for his Atlantis Appendix of 1630. It is the only edition of the map where the Indian faces the Chesapeake. An attractive example in full original color with wide clean margins. The map was previously backed for framing. We have professionally removed all but the last ply of the backing and deacidified the map and remaining ply. The old color has been refreshed, making this a striking example, very suitable for display. Normally, a $3500.00 map. Burden 228.

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.