Gorgeous Hand Colored Map Engraved in 1640 by Henricus Hondius II
Antique Map by Henricus Hondius II or Hendrik Hondius the Younger (1597 – 16 August 1651), a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher | This map is a hand colored copperplate engraving from the 17th Century, over 375 years old | Entitled: “Thuringia Lantgraviatus,” AMSTERDAM, 1640 | Text of Map inclusion is Latin | Title cartouche in lower left corner of chart with additional cartouche on lower right side containing publication information and two scales | Signed L/R | Dimensions: 28 7/8″ x 34 1/2″ | Map Area: Detailed map of the region of Thuringia, a modern-day state of Germany. Map is centered on Erfurt and includes Gotha, Weimar, Schwartzburg, Halle, Jena, Mulhausen, etc. | Condition: Clean, unmarked sheet with toning consistent with age. Lines remain crisp and clear. Signs of old repair tape along folds, tears and losses to edges, minor wear to frame. Map is an original 17th Century engraving and not a print.
Henricus Hondias was the son of Jodocus Hondias, Flemish Engraver and Cartographer known for helping establish Amsterdam as the center of Cartography in the 17th century. Jodocus Hondias can be attributed with re-establishing the reputation of the work of Gerard Mercator, the creator of the Mercator projection map. Henricus was born in Amsterdam and began his career aiding in the family business. In 1621, however, he opened his own company in his hometown, and soon after produced the Mercator-Hondius atlas. This map is a 1640 engraving of the version found in the Atlas sive Cosmographica Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura from 1628. It possesses characteristically detailed landscapes found in the work of both Joducus and Henricus Hondius.
Map is nicely framed and matted on board, covered with archival glass. Would make an excellent addition to any European, German or 17th Century Map Collection, or a beautiful historical work of 17th Century engraving art for home or business.
Artist / Maker
Engraving, Hand Embellished
Glass Covering, Matted
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