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America Septentrionalis
Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1639. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 18.75" x 21.5". 1639. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 18.75" x 21.5". 1639. This beautiful, large-scale map is one of the earliest Dutch depictions of North America. As such, it is also one of the most influential, particularly for its rendering of California as an island. This myth, which originated in literature in the early 16th century, found its seeming confirmation through this highly detailed map and its subsequent replication and dissemination. While the west provides the maps point of historical interest, it is in the east that one finds its beauty and elegance. The continents Atlantic coastline cascades along the vertical axis of the double-page map, extending from as far north as the Arctic Circle down to the northern part of South America and including the West Indies. Its ample labeling and detailed undulations demonstrate the wide extent of geographic knowledge that characterized the Dutch Golden Age. Notable inclusions are Iames Towne (Jamestown) in Virginia, Manhates (Manhattan), Lake Champlain and an early reference to the Great Lakes (Lac des Iroquois). In the lesser-known interior of the continent, a number of explanatory notes describe preliminary discoveries. Moreover, the small renderings of native wild animals are some of the earliest depictions of creatures, such as the Longhorn steer, buffalo, and wild horse, that Dutch explorers encountered in their incursions into hitherto unknown lands. The coast of Labrador for the first time includes Dutch terms, depicting the heightened whaling activities in the region. In South America, Hondius maps the legendary Lake Parima and the city of Manoa or the fabled kingdom of El Dorado along its banks. Following Sir Walter Raleigh's 1595 publication of "The Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana", in which he connected the city of Manoa with El Dorado, European interest in the regain grew considerably in the 17th century and various explorers set out in search of gold in Guiana. The city and the lake would continue to appear on maps until the early 1800s. This is the rare first state of the map, without any imprint in the lower left cartouche. French text on verso. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the centerfold and minor spotting along the lower border. Narrow margins to neat line from binders cropping. Hard to find. Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) was the founder of a prolific map publishing business, which helped to propel the Dutch to lead the Golden Age of cartography. When Jodocus the elder died in 1612, his wife Colette ran the business until their sons came of age to join the firm. During this time, their daughter Elisabeth married Johannes Jansson and the two of them helped Colette run the business. Jodocus & Colette's youngest son, Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) later ran the business along with his extended family.
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