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8 November 1996
HONDIUS, JODOCUS. America. Amsterdam . Hand-colored engraved map, 450 x 557 mm. (17¾ x 21 7/8 in.), minor creasing, some marginal dampstaining and soiling, mounting tape at upper edge. Map of North and South America and "Terra Australis," inset view of native Brazilians making a local beverage (copied from the de Bry illustration of Hans Staden's voyage), embellished with ships and sea creatures, taken from the 1613 French edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas, blank on verso except for pagination (p. 363) and signatrue (7x). Fully colored by a later hand. Koeman II, Me 23A, map 363; Shirley 150.
Originally engraved by Hondius for the first edition of his edition of Mercator's atlas (1606). "Produced on a stereographic projection like more and more maps of the time, it is an amalgam of various sources. It incorporates a more correct west coast of South America and narrows still further the longitudinal width of New Spain at the Tropic of Cancer... However, like all cartography before, it still retains an enlarged North American continent" (Shirley).
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