This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product? (#28768)

Authenticity Guarantee
All items are guaranteed authentic prints (woodcuts or engravings) or manuscripts made at or about (c.) the given date and in good condition unless stated otherwise. We don’t sell facsimiles or reproductions. We deliver every map with a Certificate of Authenticity containing all the details.

A fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the time.
Double-hemisphere world map by Henricus Hondius. 1641

In 1629, threatened by pending competition from W. J. Blaeu and his sons, Jan Jansson and his partner Henricus Hondius set about revising the Mercator-Hondius atlas, which (in respect of the world map) had continued unchanged for nearly thirty-five years. The partners' new world map is a fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the time. The two hemispheres are bordered by voluptuous representations of the four elements and other scenes: in the top corners are portraits of Julius Caesar and Claudius Ptolemy and in the bottom corners are portraits of the author's father Jodocus Hondius and his mentor Gerard Mercator.
 
For geographical detail, Hondius has followed Speed and his contemporaries and presents California as an island. New features include part of the north Australia coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of northeast Canada with 'Queen Ann's forland' (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water.
The Hondius-Jansson world map had as a long a life as its predecessor, as it was included in all issues of the Mercator atlas from 1633 until at least 1658.

Four states have been traced with dates on the map as follows (See Shirley):

State 1 1630
State 2 1641 with Amstelodami Excudit Ioannes Ianssonius added at the bottom.
State 3 1663 in Atlas Contractus of Jan Jansson and sea atlases of Van Loon.
State 4 1666 in Atlas Major of Jan Jansson.


The Hondius Family

Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612)

Joost d’Hondt was born at Wakken (Flanders) in 1563. Two years later, his family settled in Ghent, where young Joost displayed an excellent gift for drawing and calligraphy. Through study and lessons, he developed his talents and became an engraver with a good reputation.

Due to the circumstances of the war, he moved to London in 1584, where he settled down as an engraver, instrument-maker, and map-maker. In 1587, he married Coletta van den Keere, sister of the well-known engraver Pieter van den Keere (Petrus Kaerius); some years earlier, his sister, Jacomina, had married Pieter van den Berghe (Petrus Montanus). Joost, who had Latinized his name to Jodocus Hondius, closely co-operated with his two brothers-in-law.

The political situation in the Northern Netherlands in 1593 was such that Jodocus seemed justified in establishing himself in Amsterdam, where many Antwerp printers, publishers, and engravers had gone. In this new centre of cartography, Jodocus Hondius set up his business “In de Wackere Hondt” (in the vigilant dog), this name being an allusion to his birthplace and name. He engraved many maps and published atlases and many other works, such as his continuation of Gerard Mercator’s Atlas.

He suddenly passed away in February 1612. The publishing firm of Jodocus Hondius was continued by his widow, later on, by his two sons, Jodocus Jr. and Henricus, and by his son-in-law, J. Janssonius.

Jodocus Hondius II (1594-1629) & Henricus Hondius (1597-1651)

After the father’s death, the widow and her seven children continued publishing the atlases under the name of Jodocus Hondius till 1620. The firm was reinforced by the very welcome help of Joannes Janssonius (1588-1664), who married 24-year-old Elisabeth Hondius in 1612. After 1619, Mercator’s Atlas was published under the name of Henricus Hondius.

One of the most dramatic events in the early history of commercial cartography in Amsterdam was the sale of Jodocus Hondius Jr.’s copper plates to Willem Jansz. Blaeu in 1629, the year of his death. At least 34 plates, from which Jodocus II had printed single-sheet maps for his benefit, passed into the hands of his great competitor. Immediately after that, his brother, Henricus, and Joannes Janssonius ordered the engraving of identical plates.

Henricus devoted all his energy to publishing the Atlas for an extended period. He saw its growth up to and including the fourth part in 1646; after that, his name no longer figures on the title pages. After 1638, the title of the Atlas was changed to Atlas Novus; Joannes Janssonius mainly carried it on.

The competition with the Blaeu's dates from 1630. In 1630, Willem Janszoon (=Blaeu) first attacked with his Atlantis Appendix. In 1635, Blaeu completed his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in two volumes with French, Latin, Dutch, and German texts, prompting Henricus Hondius to speed up the enlargement of his Atlas.

back

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Auct: Henr: Hondio.

€12500  ($13250 / £10625)
add to cart
Buy now
questions?
PRINT

Item Number:  28768 Authenticity Guarantee

Category:  Antique maps > World and Polar

Antique world map - double hemisphere by Henricus Hondius.
With corner portraits of J. Caesar, Cl. Ptolemy, G. Mercator & J. Hondius. Insular California.

Title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Auct: Henr: Hondio.
Amstelodami Excudit Ioannes Janßonius.
Henr. Hondius A° 1641.

State 2.

Date of the first edition: 1631.
Date of this map: 1641.
Date on map: 1641.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 380 x 545mm (14.96 x 21.46 inches).
Sheet size: 500 x 610mm (19.69 x 24.02 inches).
Verso: French text.
Condition: Original coloured, centrefold reinforced.
Condition Rating: A.

From: Nouveau Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas comprenant Les Tables et Descriptions de toutes les Regions de la Terre. Amsterdam, H. Hondius, 1641. (Van der Krogt 1, 412)

In 1629, threatened by pending competition from W. J. Blaeu and his sons, Jan Jansson and his partner Henricus Hondius set about revising the Mercator-Hondius atlas, which (in respect of the world map) had continued unchanged for nearly thirty-five years. The partners' new world map is a fine ornate example of the decorative cartography of the time. The two hemispheres are bordered by voluptuous representations of the four elements and other scenes: in the top corners are portraits of Julius Caesar and Claudius Ptolemy and in the bottom corners are portraits of the author's father Jodocus Hondius and his mentor Gerard Mercator.
 
For geographical detail, Hondius has followed Speed and his contemporaries and presents California as an island. New features include part of the north Australia coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of northeast Canada with 'Queen Ann's forland' (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water.
The Hondius-Jansson world map had as a long a life as its predecessor, as it was included in all issues of the Mercator atlas from 1633 until at least 1658.

Four states have been traced with dates on the map as follows (See Shirley):

State 1 1630
State 2 1641 with Amstelodami Excudit Ioannes Ianssonius added at the bottom.
State 3 1663 in Atlas Contractus of Jan Jansson and sea atlases of Van Loon.
State 4 1666 in Atlas Major of Jan Jansson.


The Hondius Family

Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612)

Joost d’Hondt was born at Wakken (Flanders) in 1563. Two years later, his family settled in Ghent, where young Joost displayed an excellent gift for drawing and calligraphy. Through study and lessons, he developed his talents and became an engraver with a good reputation.

Due to the circumstances of the war, he moved to London in 1584, where he settled down as an engraver, instrument-maker, and map-maker. In 1587, he married Coletta van den Keere, sister of the well-known engraver Pieter van den Keere (Petrus Kaerius); some years earlier, his sister, Jacomina, had married Pieter van den Berghe (Petrus Montanus). Joost, who had Latinized his name to Jodocus Hondius, closely co-operated with his two brothers-in-law.

The political situation in the Northern Netherlands in 1593 was such that Jodocus seemed justified in establishing himself in Amsterdam, where many Antwerp printers, publishers, and engravers had gone. In this new centre of cartography, Jodocus Hondius set up his business “In de Wackere Hondt” (in the vigilant dog), this name being an allusion to his birthplace and name. He engraved many maps and published atlases and many other works, such as his continuation of Gerard Mercator’s Atlas.

He suddenly passed away in February 1612. The publishing firm of Jodocus Hondius was continued by his widow, later on, by his two sons, Jodocus Jr. and Henricus, and by his son-in-law, J. Janssonius.

Jodocus Hondius II (1594-1629) & Henricus Hondius (1597-1651)

After the father’s death, the widow and her seven children continued publishing the atlases under the name of Jodocus Hondius till 1620. The firm was reinforced by the very welcome help of Joannes Janssonius (1588-1664), who married 24-year-old Elisabeth Hondius in 1612. After 1619, Mercator’s Atlas was published under the name of Henricus Hondius.

One of the most dramatic events in the early history of commercial cartography in Amsterdam was the sale of Jodocus Hondius Jr.’s copper plates to Willem Jansz. Blaeu in 1629, the year of his death. At least 34 plates, from which Jodocus II had printed single-sheet maps for his benefit, passed into the hands of his great competitor. Immediately after that, his brother, Henricus, and Joannes Janssonius ordered the engraving of identical plates.

Henricus devoted all his energy to publishing the Atlas for an extended period. He saw its growth up to and including the fourth part in 1646; after that, his name no longer figures on the title pages. After 1638, the title of the Atlas was changed to Atlas Novus; Joannes Janssonius mainly carried it on.

The competition with the Blaeu's dates from 1630. In 1630, Willem Janszoon (=Blaeu) first attacked with his Atlantis Appendix. In 1635, Blaeu completed his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in two volumes with French, Latin, Dutch, and German texts, prompting Henricus Hondius to speed up the enlargement of his Atlas.

References: Shirley (World) - #336 state 2; Van der Krogt 1 - 0001:1C.2; Clancy - p. 74 Map 6.2

Related items

The world by Robert de Vaugondy.

Orbis Vetus in utraque Continente juxta Mentem Sansonianam Distinctus, nec non Observationibus Astronomicis Redactus ... c. 1757
The world by Robert de Vaugondy.
[Item number: 5092]

€870  ($922.2 / £739.5)
Willem Blaeu, set of 5 maps: World & continents.

Superb condition
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica. 1643-50
Willem Blaeu, set of 5 maps: World & continents.
[Item number: 24287]

€29000  ($30740 / £24650)
World by Sebastian Münster.

Die erst General Tafel / die Beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdtrichs und Meers innhaltende. 1588
World by Sebastian Münster.
[Item number: 25622]

€700  ($742 / £595)
World by Francesco Santini.

Nouvelle Mappe Monde Dediee au Progres de nos Connoissances. 1776-79
World by Francesco Santini.
[Item number: 26946]

€2300  ($2438 / £1955)
World by Giovanni Magini

Universi Orbis Descriptio. 1597
World by Giovanni Magini
[Item number: 27837]

€960  ($1017.6 / £816)
World by Girolamo Ruscelli.

One of the first double hemisphere world maps.
Orbis Descriptio. 1564
World by Girolamo Ruscelli.
[Item number: 27838]

€800  ($848 / £680)
Ancient world, by Francesco & Paolo Santini, after J.B. Bourguignon D'Anville.

Orbis Veteribus Notus 1776-79
Ancient world, by Francesco & Paolo Santini, after J.B. Bourguignon D'Anville.
[Item number: 28103]

€350  ($371 / £297.5)
World map, double hemisphere by Pierre Grégoire Chanlaire.

Mappe-Monde Physique. c. 1797
World map, double hemisphere by Pierre Grégoire Chanlaire.
[Item number: 28210]

€280  ($296.8 / £238)
Drake set in superb old colouring.

Heightened in gold
1599
Drake set in superb old colouring.
[Item number: 28235]

€12000  ($12720 / £10200)
World by Giuseppe Rosaccio, double hemisphere.

First edition
Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio. 1598
World by Giuseppe Rosaccio, double hemisphere.
[Item number: 28289]

€1000  ($1060 / £850)
Ptolemaic world map by Giuseppe Rosaccio.

Ptolemaei Cognita. 1598
Ptolemaic world map by Giuseppe Rosaccio.
[Item number: 28290]

€600  ($636 / £510)
World by Joan Blaeu, double hemisphere.

The engraving and layout and elegance of decoration are all of the highest standards.
Nova Et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. 1659
World by Joan Blaeu, double hemisphere.
[Item number: 28336]

€16000  ($16960 / £13600)
World by Nicolaas Visscher, double hemisphere.

Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula. c. 1678
World by Nicolaas Visscher, double hemisphere.
[Item number: 28628]

€7800  ($8268 / £6630)
World in two hemispheres, by Nicolas Sanson.

Harmonie ou Correspondance du globe avecq la sphere par les points, lignes, cercles, etc. qui se descrivent en la surface du globe terrestres et des mappemondes; pour respondre a ceux qui sont imaginés dans la sphere coeleste. 1659
World in two hemispheres, by Nicolas Sanson.
[Item number: 28886]

€280  ($296.8 / £238)
Double-hemisphere world map, by Nicolaas Visscher I.

Luxury colouring.
Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula. c. 1678
Double-hemisphere world map, by Nicolaas Visscher I.
[Item number: 28934]

€9500  ($10070 / £8075)
World by Pieter Van der Aa, double hemisphere.

Nouvelle Mappe-Monde, 1710
World by Pieter Van der Aa, double hemisphere.
[Item number: 29136]

€2250  ($2385 / £1912.5)
World by Frederik De Wit, double hemisphere.

Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita, A. F. De Wit. c. 1690
World by Frederik De Wit, double hemisphere.
[Item number: 29231]

€4800  ($5088 / £4080)
World in two hemispheres by Pieter Mortier.

Mappe-Monde Dreßé sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences et quelques autres et sur les memoires les plus recens. 1705-1711
World in two hemispheres by Pieter Mortier.
[Item number: 29509]

€2500  ($2650 / £2125)
World map, double-hemisphere by Nicolas Sanson.

L'Hydrographie ou Description de l'Eau c'est a Dire des Mers, Golfes, Lacs, Destroits et Rivieres Principales qui sont dans la Surface du Globe Terrestre. 1652
World map, double-hemisphere by Nicolas Sanson.
[Item number: 29606]

€800  ($848 / £680)
Double hemisphere map of the Ancient World by Nicolas Sanson.

Orbis Vetus, et Orbis Veteris Ultraque continens, Terrarumq. Tractus Arcticus, et Antarcticus ex Platone, Theopompo, sive Aeliano, Manilio &c. 1658
Double hemisphere map of the Ancient World by Nicolas Sanson.
[Item number: 29609]

€550  ($583 / £467.5)
Double hemisphere world map by Nicolas Sanson.

Mappe-Monde, ou Carte Generale du Monde, 1652
Double hemisphere world map by Nicolas Sanson.
[Item number: 29612]

€700  ($742 / £595)
World by Pieter Van der Aa - double hemisphere.

Nova Delineatio Totius Orbis Terrarum per Petrum Van der Aa. - Nouveau Carte du Monde. 1702
World by Pieter Van der Aa - double hemisphere.
[Item number: 30150]

€1450  ($1537 / £1232.5)
World in Mercator projection, by Willem Blaeu.

'One of the supreme examples of map maker's art' (Shirley)
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica. 1643
World in Mercator projection, by Willem Blaeu.
[Item number: 30271]

€17500  ($18550 / £14875)
World chart by Girolamo Ruscelli.

Carta Marina Nuova Tavola. 1561
World chart by Girolamo Ruscelli.
[Item number: 30380]  new

€1400  ($1484 / £1190)