First state of Hondius' decorative map of the South Polar region, predating the first appearance of New Zealand and Van Dieman's Land. The supposed coastline of the unknown southern continent continues to appear. Includes notes regarding the affirmation of the discovery of islands by Magellan and Hernando Galego. Nice detail in Australia showing t' Lant van P. Nuyts discovered in January 1627, Edel's Lant discovered in 1619, Eendrachts discoveries in 1616, as well as notes mentioning Williams Renier and Dirck Hertogs Ree and several other place names and early contacts with Australia. Includes the blank dedication cartouche and Latin text on the verso. A nice full color example. Minor restorations in the margin and a bit of reinforcement to the lower corners within the printed image, likely supporting the old color. A fine decorative work and an essential map for Australian and South Polar collectors. Tooley 726 (State 1).
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.