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Hondius' edition of Anders Bure's highly important map of Scandinavia, published in 1626. A surveyor and mathematician, Bure compiled an important map of the northern part of Sweden and the first separately printed map of the country. Bure was an important figure in the history of Swedish cartography and set up a land surveying office which continued for over 200 years. Nice full color example, with sailing ships and decorative catrouche and 3 coat of arms.

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.