"America", Rare Early Map of the Americas
by Jodocus Hondius (Flemish/Dutch, 1563-1612) for a French edition of Mercator's Atlas, North and South America, hand-colored copper engraved map, published Amsterdam, ca. 1628. Matted, glazed and framed.
14-3/4" x 19-3/4"
Notes: Regarded by collectors as one of the most beautiful 17th-century maps of the Americas, it was originally engraved by Hondius for the first edition of his Mercator?ÇÖs Atlas and published for the 1628 French edition. Produced on a stereographic projection, the double folio map delineates a more accurate west coast of South America, yet still retains an enlarged North American continent. Beautifully hand-colored, it exudes the exoticism of the new worlds through the inclusion of fantastic details taken from Theodore DeBry?ÇÖs Grands Voyages (1588) of rare birds, sea monsters and native Brazilians (in the lower left cartouche) gathered around a cauldron preparing and drinking chicha - a fermented beverage made of maize and fruit.