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Reduced version of Hondius' 1606 map of the region from the Atlas sive Cosmographicae, retaining all of the Indian village names. The map is based upon the work of John White and Jacques LeMoyne, as interpeted by De Bry's maps of the explorations. One of the last maps to cartographically predate Smith's contribution and the settlement of Jamestown. Le Moyne's lake in Florida has been moved to central Florida, to accomodate the St. May (St. Johns) river, which flows easterly. The influence of Wytfliet and Ribaut are in evidence. This example is from the Historia Mundi, with English text on the verso. A nice example with full wide margins. Burden 155.

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.