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Mercator-Hondius:
Candia cum Insulis aliquot circa Graeciam.
Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1633. Copper engraving, 35 x 49 cm, recent hand colour, French text on verso. Crete, with inset maps of Corfu, Zante, Milos, Nicsia, Santorini and Scarpanto. The Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius cartographic publishing house was one of the leading firms of the Dutch Golden Age, at a time when the Low Countries were at the forefront of the international market. The Hondius business traced its roots back to Mercator. The original Mercator Atlas (parts published from 1585 onwards) was not a commercial success; the copper printing plates - including this one - were bought by Jodocus Hondius c. 1604, and a large number of maps were added for his first edition of 1606, which still traded on Mercator's name. His son Henricus and son-in-law Janssonius took over the business and eventually expanded the atlas to create an Atlas Major which rivalled Blaeu's. Zacharakis, Printed maps of Greece, 2209/1450. Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Me 36A. Map
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