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Samuel Purchas

Samuel Purchas


Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612), or Joost de Hondt, was one of the most prominent geographers and engravers of his time. His work did much to establish Amsterdam as the center of cartographic publishing in the seventeenth century. Born in Wakken but raised in Ghent, the young Jodocus worked as an engraver, instrument maker, and globe maker.

Hondius moved to London in 1584, fleeing religious persecution in Flanders. There, he worked for Richard Hakluyt and Edward Wright, among others. Hondius also engraved the globe gores for Emery Molyneux’s pair of globes in 1592; Wright plotted the coastlines. His engraving and nautical painting skills introduced him to an elite group of geographic knowledge seekers and producers, including the navigators Drake, Thomas Cavendish, and Walter Raleigh, as well as engravers like Theodor De Bry and Augustine Ryther. This network gave Hondius access to manuscript charts and descriptions which he then translated into engraved maps.

In 1593 Hondius returned to Amsterdam, where he lived for the rest of his life. Hondius worked in partnership with Cornelis Claesz, a publisher, and maintained his ties to contacts in Europe and England. For example, from 1605 to 1610, Hondius engraved the plates for John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.

One of Hondius’ most successful commercial ventures was the reprinting of Mercator’s atlas. When he acquired the Mercator plates, he added 36 maps, many engraved by him, and released the atlas under Mercator’s name, helping to solidify Mercator’s reputation posthumously. Hondius died in 1612, at only 48 years of age, after which time his son of the same name and another son, Henricus, took over the business, including the reissuing of the Mercator atlas. After 1633, Hondius the Elder’s son-in-law, Johannes Janssonius, was also listed as a co-publisher for the atlas.



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1625 - Germania

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Decorative map of the German Empire, from the Low Countries to Prussia, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. Decorative cartouche, sailing ship and coat of arms. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th...


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1625 - Stiria

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Fine map of Stiria, from the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch sheet with English text, front and back.


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1625 - Sicilia

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Detailed and attractive map of Sicily with a large cartouche. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch sheet with English text, front and back.


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1625 - Peregrinatio Pauli In qua & omnia quorum fit mentio in actis et epistolis Apostolorum et Apocalysi describuntur (shows Cyprus)

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Striking map of the Eastern Mediterranean, from Italy and Sicily to Cyprus and the Holy Land, centered on Greece and the Aegean Sea. Includes English text on both sides. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th...


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1625 - Natolia [with Cyprus]

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Attractive full color example of this detailed map of Asia Minor and neighboring parts of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, showing parts of Greece, the Island of Cyprus, Rhodus, etc. Includes English text.


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1625 - Candia [with] Corfu [with] Zante [with] Mion [with] Nicsia [with Scarpanto

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Nice set of maps of Greek islands, with excellent interior detail for the size. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch sheet with English text, front and...


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1625 - Natolia [with Cyprus]

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Attractive outline hand-color example of this detailed map of Asia Minor and neighboring parts of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, showing parts of Greece, the Island of Cyprus, Rhodus, etc. Includes English text.


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1625 - Turcicum Imperium

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Striking map of the region bounded by the Mediterranean, Greece and Itay in the west and Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea in the east and centered on Turkey and Cyprus. Includes English text on both sides. From the 1625-26 edition of...


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1625 - Asia

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Excellent early map of Asia, extending south to include Nova Guinea and Java Major and east to the South Pacific. Includes the NW Coast of America, with a narrow Fretum Anian seperating the continents. and marvelous detail in the NE coast of Asia,...


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1625 - Ceilan insula

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Striking early map of Ceylan with decorative cartouche. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch sheet with English text, front and back.


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1625 - Aegyptus

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Attractive map of Egypt tracking the Nile from Aswan to the Mediterranean and extending East to the Red Sea, based upon a larger map by Hondius. Includes two cartouches. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th...


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1625 - Fessae Regnum

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Detailed map of Morocco, Algeria, etc., exending south to Beninia and Nussini. Includes sailing ship and cartouche. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch...


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1625 - Abissinorum Regnu

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Detailed map of Prester John's Kingdom, extending from the Red Sea and Nubia the Angola, the Congo and Cafates. Shows a large lake Zaire. Includes a large decorative cartouche. Text discussion of Prester John. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His...


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1625 - Congi Regnu

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Detailed regional map, extending from Bramas to Angola and extending inland to Sierras de Cristobal and Salnitre. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch...


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1625 - Polus Arcticus cum vicinis regionibus

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Excellent early map of the North Polar regions, based upon early maps by Mercator and Hondius. Shows the mythical land masses near the pole, the clearly navigable NW and NE passages, a massive California, as discovered by the Spanish, the Davis...