HONDIUS, HENRICUS. 1597-1651, [& JAN JANSSON].
Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula. [Amsterdam]: 1630-. Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline and ornate hand-colored border incorporating 4 portraits and 4 allegories of the elements, 542 x 383 mm. Some unobtrusive pale dampstain near centerfold, small repaired hole in upper margin near centerfold and some other little repairs to verso including a tiny tear in the border above Hondius portrait.
First state, dated 1630. An important world map, depicting California as an island. This is the first significant revision of the Mercator-Hondius map in nearly in over three decades, published when the firm of Hondius was under a new threat of competition from the Blaeu family. "The partners' new world map is a fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the time ... For geographical detail Hondius has followed Speed and his contemporaries and also presents California as an island. New features include part of the north Australian coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of north-east Canada with 'Queen Anne's forland' (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water" (Shirley, Mapping of the World, 336).
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