Sale 503 Lot 24

HONDIUS, Henricus (1597-1651)

America Septentrionalis. [Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1639].

Hand-colored engraved map of the Americas, image 465 x 549 mm (486 x 582 mm sheet). Two cartouches, the lower left without text, French text on verso. (Some pale offsetting). FIRST STATE of Hondius' map with no text in the cartouche lower left. According to Burden: "Hondius' beautifully engraved map of North America had greater influence than any other to date in perpetuating the theory of California as an island…Cartographically, this map is a careful composition of many different sources" including maps by Henry Briggs (1625), John Smith (1616), Hessel Gerritsz (c.1631), and Thomas James (1633). Burden I 245.

Estimate $ 6,000-8,000

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