Giuseppe de Rossi After Joducus Hondius (1563-1629).
Untitled [Terrestrial Globe].
Published in Italy, 1615.
Height (in stand) 18 inches; diameter 8 inches.
An early Italian issue of the Hondius 21cm Terrestrial Globe by Guiseppe De Rossi, 1615.
An 8¼-inch diameter terrestrial globe made up of twelve copper-engraved paper gores pasted on a plaster-coated solid wooden sphere; the dedicatory cartouche surmounted with coat of arms: Illmo viro optimarõq. artium amatori et Fautori D Paulo Mellino Romano Iosephus de Rubeis Mediolanensis deuoti animi monomentum dat dicatquae; an address to the reader: I Hondius Lectoris... Anno 1615 to the large southen continent TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA; several notes on unexplored regions, ships and monsters to oceans, the fictitious island of Frisius given, North America labelled AMERICA SEPTENTRIONALIS a Chirstophoro Columb. 1492 detecta without northen coast, California as a peninsula. Later wooden meridian ring with divided paper scale; the later stand composed of octagonal horizon supported with four quadrants united on turned tapering column fixed to stand.
A copy of the 1601 globe by the famed cartographer Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), by the Milanese publisher Giuseppe de Rossi. A similar globe with uncoloured gores is held at the National Martime Museum (GLB0153).
Jodocus Hondius was a famous cartographer who established himself in Amsterdam during the later part of the sixteenth century. Hondius is known best for his work done after acquiring the copperplates used to print. Mercator’s revolutionary world atlas after his death in 1594. Hondius supplemented Mercator's 107 original maps with 39 new ones, many of which he had produced personally, bringing the total number to 146, and he commissioned his brother-in-law, the scholar Petrus Montanus, to expand the original Latin text. It was an instant success, selling out within a year and spawning a long series of what have become known as the "Mercator-Hondius" atlases.