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Stock# 92110

Second Latin Edition of the First Miniature Mercator-Hondius Atlas.

A fine example of the 1610 edition of Jodocus Hondius's Atlas Minor, an important and finely executed reduction of the Hondius firm's early cartographic output.

Jodocus Hondius published this atlas with the backing of Corneliesz Claesz, in Amsterdam, as a sort of intermediate option to the atlases already in production. The Atlas Minor was smaller than the expensive, folio-sized atlases that only a few could afford, however, it was larger and the engraving significantly better than Ortelius's pocket atlas, the Epitome, and Claesz's pocket atlas, the Caert-Thresoor. As such, it occupied an attractive intermediate position as an affordable but finely-executed atlas that quickly gained popularity.

The Atlas Minor was first published in 1607 in Latin, and French and German editions followed shortly thereafter. The 1610 edition was published in Dordrecht by Adrianus Bottius. The book underwent some modest changes in collation until the copperplates for the map were sold to Jan Janszoon of Arnhem in 1621. Shortly thereafter, and before 1625, he resold the plates to some English printers, and they used the maps to illustrate their editions of Purchas his Pilgrimes, an English translation of Mercator's Atlas, and Michael Sparke's Historia Mundi

The 1610 edition of the Atlas Minor adds text to six of the seven maps which possessed no verso text in the 1607 edition. In addition, it adds a map, the map of the island of Rugen, while removing the map of the Bay of Biscay.

The maps in the atlas are finely engraved and display the tact and tendencies of early 17th-century Dutch cartographers. Among the maps are a world map, a reduction of Mercator's map of the North Pole, and a number of American, African, and Asian maps. This example of the book lacks two maps, the maps of the region around Liege (map 81., Leodiensis Dioec.) and the map of the Roman empire (map 151., Romani Imperii Imago). In addition, map number 54 is pasted over with the map of Lotharingia Meridionalis, while other known examples of the book either have the map Lotaringia Septentr.; Lotharingia; or Lyonnois Forest et Beaujolois in its stead.


iv [including title]; 1-390; 393-678; 681-684.


  1. Typus orbis terrarum
  2. Europa
  3. Africæ descriptio = Africa
  4. Asia
  5. Americae descrip. = America
  6. Polus Arcticus : cum vicinis regionibus [3 ancillary s: Farre Insulę | Frislant Insula | Scetland Insulæ
  7. Island = Islandia
  8. Anglia Scotia et Hibernia = Britannia
  9. Irlandia
  10. Udrone
  11. Ultonia Conatia et Media = Vltonia Connacia & Media
  12. Vltonia Oriental
  13. Hiberniæ v. tabula
  14. Scotia
  15. Scotiae tabula II = Scotiæ II tabula
  16. Scotiæ tabula III = Scotiæ III tabula
  17. Anglia
  18. Northumbr. Cumberlādia Dunelm. Episcop. = Angliæ II tabula
  19. Westmorland, Castria, Cestria etc = Angliæ III tabula
  20. Cambria sive Wallia
  21. Cornub. Devonia, Somerset etc. = Angliæ IIII tabula
  22. Eboracum Lincolnia Derbia, Stafford, etc = Angliæ V tabula
  23. Warwicum Northampton, Huntingdon Cantabr etc. = Angliæ VI tabula
  24. Anglesey, Ins. [with] Wight ol. Vectis [with] Ins. Garnesey [with] Ins. Iarsey = Angliæ VII tabula
  25. Svecia, et Norwegia etc = Norwegia & Svecia
  26. Daniæ Regnū.
  27. Iutia Septentrionalis = Daniæ II tabula
  28. Holsatia = Daniæ III tabula
  29. Fionia = Daniæ IV tabula
  30. Prussia = Borussia sive Prussia
  31. Livonia = Livonia, sive Liefland
  32. Russia cum confiniis = Russia sive Moscovia
  33. Moscovia
  34. Lithuania
  35. Transsylvania
  36. Taurica Chersonesus
  37. Hispania
  38. Portugallia olim Lusitania = Portugallia
  39. Biscaia et Legio = Piscaia
  40. Castilia vetus et nova = Castilia
  41. Andaluzia
  42. Regni Valentiæ typus = Valentia
  43. Arragonia et Catalonia = Aragonia & Catalonia
  44. Gallia
  45. Britānia et Normãdia cum consiniis = Britannia & Normannia
  46. Aquitania
  47. Provincia
  48. Picardia
  49. L'Isle de Frãce Parisiensis Ager = Francia
  50. Bolonia
  51. Aniou = Andegavensis Ducatus
  52. Berry = Bituricensis Ducatus
  53. Poictou = Pictaviensis Comitatus
  54. Lotharingia Meridiona = Lotaringia Septentr. [Pasted over]
  55. Lotharingia = Lotaringia Meridiona
  56. Burgundiae duca. = Burgundiæ ducatus
  57. Burgundia comitatus = Burgundiæ Comitatus
  58. Lyonnois Forest et Beaujolois = Lugdunensis tractus
  59. Helvetia
  60. Zurichou = Zurichgovia
  61. Das Wiflispurgergou = Wiflispurgergovia
  62. Lacus Lemānus = Lacus Lemannus
  63. Argou = Argovia
  64. Inferior Germania = Germania Inferior
  65. Flandria
  66. Brabantia
  67. Hollandia
  68. Zeelandia = Zelandia
  69. Geldria et Transylvana = Gelria
  70. Artesia
  71. Hãnonia = Hannonia
  72. Trier et Lutzēborg. = Lutzenburgum
  73. Germania
  74. Frisia occidenta = Frisia Occidentalis
  75. Emden et Oldenbor = Embden & Oldenborch
  76. Wesphalia cum Diæcesi Bremensi = Westphalia
  77. Westphaliæ tabula II. = Westphaliæ II tabula
  78. Westphaliæ tabula tertia = Westphaliæ III tabula
  79. Cleve et Murs = Clivia
  80. Waldek comit.
  81. Palatinatus Rheni = Palatinat Rheni
  82. Wirtenberg = Wirtemberg
  83. Aslatia Inferior
  84. Alsatia Superior
  85. Saxonia Inferior et Mekleburg = Saxonia Inferior
  86. Braũswik et Meydburg cum consiniis = Brunswyck
  87. Hassia Landgraviatus = Hassia
  88. Thuringia
  89. Franckenland = Franconia
  90. Bavaria
  91. Palatinat. Bavariæ
  92. Saxoniæ Superioris Lusatiæ, Misniæq. des. = Saxonia Superior
  93. Brandeburg et Pomerania = Brandeburg
  94. Rugia / Iodocus Hondius iunior fecit
  95. Bohemia
  96. Moravia
  97. Austria archiduc. = Austria
  98. Saltzburg Carinthia = Saltzburg
  99. Polonia et Silesia = Polonia
  100. Hungaria
  101. Italia
  102. Lombardiæ alpestris pars occidentalis cū Valesia = Lombardiæ
  103. Tarvisina Marchia et Tirolis comitatus = Tirolensis
  104. Pedemontana Regio, cum Genuensium territorio et Montifferrati Marchionatu = Pedemontium
  105. Romandiola cum D. Parmensi = Romandiola
  106. Brescia Episcopatus Mediolanũ ducatus = Brixiensis Comitatus
  107. Veronæ Vicentiae et Pataviæ Dit. = Veronæ
  108. Forum Iulium Karstia Carniola, Histria etc. = Forum IVLII
  109. Tuscia
  110. Marcha Anconitana cum Spoletano ducatu = Anconitana Marchia
  111. Latium nunc Campagna di Roma = Latium
  112. Abruzzo et Terra di Lovoro = Abruzzo
  113. Puglia Piana, Terra di Barri Otrāto etc = Puglia Piana
  114. Corsica [with] Sardinia
  115. Sicilia
  116. Stiria
  117. Slavonia Croatia Bosnia, Dalmat. = Sclavonia
  118. Walachia Servia, Bulgaria, Roman = Walachia
  119. Græcia
  120. Macedonia, Epir. et Achaia = Macedonia
  121. Morea
  122. Candia [5 ancillary s: I Corfu | Zante | Milo | Nicsia | Scarpanto]
  123. Barbaria [2 ancillary s: Cartaginensis Sinus | Aegyptus]
  124. Ægpytus = Ægytus
  125. Marocchi Regnum = Marocci Regnum
  126. Fessae Regnum = Fessæ Regnum
  127. Abissinorum Regnũ = Abissiorum Regnum
  128. Congi Regnũ = Congi Regnum
  129. Guinea [inset : I. S. Thomæ]
  130. Turcicum Imperium
  131. Tabula Cananææ prout tempore Christi et Apostolorum divisa suit = Terra Sancta
  132. Natolia = Asia Minor
  133. Cyprus = Cyprus Insula [6 ancillary s: Stalimini | Chius | Mitilene | Negroponte | Cerigo | Rhodus]
  134. Persicum Regnum
  135. Tartaria
  136. China = Regnum Chinæ
  137. India orientalis
  138. Insulæ Indiae orientalis = Moluccæ
  139. Iapan I. = Iaponia
  140. Ceilan insula = Zeilan Insula
  141. Hispania Nova
  142. Virgina et Florida = Virginia & Florida
  143. Cuba Insula = Cuba [with] Havana Portus [with] I. Iamaica [with] I. S. Ioannis [with] I. Margareta. [with] Hispaniola
  144. America Meridionalis
  145. Fretum Magellani = Fretum Magellanicum
  146. Paradisus = Topographia Paradisi
  147. Peregrinatio Israelitarũ in deserto = Peregrinatio Israelitarum in deserto
  148. Designatio Orbis Christiani
  149. Peregrinatio Pauli: In qua et omnia loca quorum sit mentio in actis et epistolis Apostolorium et Apocalypsi, describuntur = Peregrinatio Pauli
  150. Alexandri Magni expeditio [inset : Asia]
  151. Aeneae Troiani navigatio = Æneæ Troiani navigatio
Condition Description
Oblong octavo. Contemporary limp vellum with early ink titling to spine. 176 [of 179] maps on 151 [of 153] engraved sheets with engraved title and frontispiece and engraved printer's mark on final page. Minor dampstaining to some leaves, and a corner tear and closed to R1. Minor repaired chips to spine. Overall, Very Good.
Van Der Krogt IIIB 351:02
Jodocus Hondius Biography

Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612), or Joost de Hondt, was one of the most prominent geographers and engravers of his time. His work did much to establish Amsterdam as the center of cartographic publishing in the seventeenth century. Born in Wakken but raised in Ghent, the young Jodocus worked as an engraver, instrument maker, and globe maker.

Hondius moved to London in 1584, fleeing religious persecution in Flanders. There, he worked for Richard Hakluyt and Edward Wright, among others. Hondius also engraved the globe gores for Emery Molyneux’s pair of globes in 1592; Wright plotted the coastlines. His engraving and nautical painting skills introduced him to an elite group of geographic knowledge seekers and producers, including the navigators Drake, Thomas Cavendish, and Walter Raleigh, as well as engravers like Theodor De Bry and Augustine Ryther. This network gave Hondius access to manuscript charts and descriptions which he then translated into engraved maps.

In 1593 Hondius returned to Amsterdam, where he lived for the rest of his life. Hondius worked in partnership with Cornelis Claesz, a publisher, and maintained his ties to contacts in Europe and England. For example, from 1605 to 1610, Hondius engraved the plates for John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.

One of Hondius’ most successful commercial ventures was the reprinting of Mercator’s atlas. When he acquired the Mercator plates, he added 36 maps, many engraved by him, and released the atlas under Mercator’s name, helping to solidify Mercator’s reputation posthumously. Hondius died in 1612, at only 48 years of age, after which time his son of the same name and another son, Henricus, took over the business, including the reissuing of the Mercator atlas. After 1633, Hondius the Elder’s son-in-law, Johannes Janssonius, was also listed as a co-publisher for the atlas.