C1623

Austria Archiducatus.

Early map of Austria from the Hondius edition of the Gerard Mercator atlas with Latin text on the verso. The map is identified by the page numbers on the verso: 290, 291, Henricus Hondius name at lower right and the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Austria Archiducatus.

Date:

C1623

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

490mm 
x 323mm

Paper Size: 

560mm 
x 395mm
AUTHENTICITY
Austria Archiducatus. - Antique Map from 1623

Genuine antique
dated:

1623

Description:

Early map of Austria from the Hondius edition of the Gerard Mercator atlas with Latin text on the verso.

The map is identified by the page numbers on the verso: 290, 291, Henricus Hondius name at lower right and the date on the plate 1627.

From: Hondius, Mercator, Gerardi Mercatoris – Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura. Denuo auctus Editio Quinta. H. Hondius.

Reference: Koeman/Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol.1, ill. p.96, (116) [2710:1:A.2] GM-HH (1630 Latin) , Ill. pg.613,

Henricus Hondius II (1597 - 1651)

Henricus was a Dutch cartographer, engraver and publisher, born in Amsterdam, the second son of the famous cartographer Jodocus Hondius I, who had started a map-making business in the city. Henricus obtained the original plates of the Mercator 1569 world map, and published a 1606 version of it. After his father death in 1612 Henricus ran the business with his brother-in-law. In 1621 he opened his own company in his hometown. The first time his name was mentioned in an atlas was in 1623 when he published the fifth edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas. After 1628 Henricus partnered with the cartographer Jan Janssonius and together they continued the business. He died in Amsterdam.

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Gerard Mercator (1512 - 1594)

Mercator was one of the most important and influential of c.16th map makers. A geographer, cosmographer and is best known for creating the 1569 world map based on a new projection (named after him) which represented sailing courses of constant bearing (rhumb lines) as straight lines. His knowledge of geography came from his library of over one thousand books and maps, from travellers and from his vast correspondence (in six languages) with other scholars, statesmen, travellers, merchants and seamen. Mercator's early maps were in large formats suitable for wall mounting but in the second half of his life, he produced over 100 new regional maps in a smaller format suitable for binding into his Atlas of 1595. This was the first appearance of the word Atlas in reference to a book of maps.

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