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Stock# t0008
Description

Nice old color example of Hondius' map of Spain, first issued in 1631. This map replaced the prior Mercator-Hondius map, which was first issued about 1606. It includes 4 sailing ships, a compass rose, decorative cartouche and ornate coat of arms. This edition of the map is much scarcer than the earlier editions. Includes the Baleric Islands. A few very small wormholes, but overall an attractive example.

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.