Lot 508 of 576:
Hondius/Jansson map of Asia c.1640  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$570
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Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata

Hondius, Henricus/ Jan Jansson





Copper-engraved map, hand-colored. 37.5x49.6 cm (14¾x19½").

In 1630 Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson undertook a major revision of the Mercator Atlas in response to fierce competition with the Blaeu family. This map is based on the 1623 map of Asia by Henricus' brother (Jodocus), but without the decorative panels. It extends from the Arabian Peninsula through the East Indies. Korea is shown as a long peninsula and Japan is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira model. This map became the standard map of Asia throughout the 17th century. Two hunters flank the title cartouche and the map is decorated with a pair of lions, an elephant, European ships, a Chinese sampan and a few sea monsters. German text on verso.

Lot Amendments

Some toning/light foxing, bleed-through from the verso text, neat split at top of centerfold, verso repair at bottom; very good.

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