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Westfalen by Hondius J.


Westphalia Ducatus - Hondius J.

€600  ($702 / £540)
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Item Number:  18975
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Germany

Copper engraving
Size: 38 x 50cm (14.8 x 19.4 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Old coloured.
References: Van der Krogt 1, 2420:2.1.

From: Appendix Atlaiitis (sic) Majoris, 1629-30. (Van der Krogt 1, :201) Only 6 copies known of this atlas.

Jodocus Hondius Jr. planned to produce a new modern atlas, less dependent on the Mercator plates that his father had acquired in 1604. It would make sense that he considered putting together "ad hoc collections" of the maps already cut to stimulate further interest. One of these collections has a letterpress title: Atlaiitis Maioris Appendix. The map-sheets were presumably assembled from his stock to be displayed in the autumn of 1629 at the Frankfurt bookfair as a continuation of the great Mercator atlas. On Jodocus's death on August 18, 1629, about 40 copperplates were sold to Blaeu probably by Jodocus widow. Blaeu altered the imprint and published immediately 34 of them as part of his frist atlas.