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Hondius, Hendricus.

Polus Antarcticus.

      1641 - The first French (published in the same year as the first Dutch) edition of the famous Hondius map of the South Pole; this is the first separate map of the South Pole. With full original color, with the corner illustrations giving the map great visual impact. A great southern landmass had appeared on maps from the sixteenth to the latter part of the seventeenth century. Terra Australis was usually depicted as a large conglomeration of known southern lands. Here Hondius does not show one continuous coastline as was the practice; he shows a series of discontinuous coast lines and chains of islands, which might not be part of the one continent, taking a cautious approach. Recent discoveries in Australia shown include t' Lant van P. Nuyts (discovered 1627), Edel's Lant (discovered 1619), Eendrachts discoveries (1616), as well as notes on Williams Renier and Dirck Hertogs. Visually bold with wonderful illustrations in the four corners, with scenes of inhabitants of southern regions, probably South America, southern Africa and Australia. Natives in these scenes hunt, fish, and sail. Animal life includes cattle, sea lions, and penguins. With two cartouches, one for the title and the other, an unused dedication cartouche. With French text on verso. Image size: 19 3/8 x 17 1/8". Paper size: 22 3/8 x 19 1/2". T 727 National Library of Australia; Phillips 200; Tooley 727. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABA]
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