Henricus Hondius

Henricus Hondius

Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) was a Dutch engraver and mapmaker, a member of a prominent cartographic family. His father, Jodocus Hondius, was also an engraver and geographer. While working with his father, Henricus was instrumental in the expansion and republishing of Mercator’s atlas, first published in 1595 and republished by Hondius in 1606.

Upon his father’s death in 1612, Henricus and his brother, Jodocus the Younger, took over the business. He set up his own shop in 1621, where he continued to release new editions of the Mercator atlas. Later, he partnered with his brother-in-law, Jan Janssonius, in continuing to expand and publish Mercator’s atlas, which would become known as the Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius atlas. Born and based in Amsterdam, he died there in 1651.


1630 - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula Auct. Henr: Hondio. . . . 1630

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One of the Most Famous and Ornately Detailed World Maps of the Seventeenth Century Excellent example of the first state of Henricus Hondius' decorative world map, first issued in the 1630 edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. It includes unique...


1641 - America Septentrionalis

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Hondius and Jansson’s Map of North America, A Map Central to the Myth of California as an Island Striking example of the first state of Henricus Hondius’ and Jan Jansson’s map of North America, called by Burden the single most influential map in...


1635 - Mappa Aestivarum Insularum alias Barmudas dictarum . . .

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Nice example of Hondius' map of Bermuda, with decorative cartouche, compass rose, and other embellishments. The map is based upon John Norwood's survey of 1618, as first published by John Speed in 1626-27. The text at the bottom includes a division...


1635 - Freti Magellanici ac novi Freti vulgo Le Maire exactissima delineatio

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Nice example of the English edition of Hondius' map of the Straits of Magellan, Le Mair Strait, Fire Lands and the southern tip of Patagonia. The coastlines of Tierra del Fuego are incomplete. Fully engraved to show the mountainous terrain with no...


1624 - (Baía de Todos os Santos, Brazil) Aensysinge van de Stadt Salvador, ende de Baya de todos los Santos . . . dese Stadt Salvador, ende baye van todos los Santos, syn naer de orginale caerte op de iuste mate verdeent. . .

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Rare early map of Bahia de los Todos Santos, Brazil, and inset plan of "Cidado do Salvador" by Henricus Hondius. The plan depicts the taking of Salvador and the neighboring regions by the Dutch in 1624. As noted by Johannes Keuning ( Imago Mundi, Vol....


1630 - Accuratissima Brasiliae Tabula Amstelodami Henricus Hondius excudit

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Strikng full color example of Hondius' map of Brazil, oriented with West at the top. Brazil is divided into Capitanias, with excellent coastal detail and a more speculative detail in the interior parts of the map. Includes inset vignettes of...


1636 - [Wales] Cambriae Typus Auctore Humfredo Lhuydo . . .

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Second state of this finely engraved map of Wales, with new decorative cartouche. The map is derived from the Welsh cartographer Humphrey Lhuyd's 1568 map, the first modern map of Wales. The map was revised and made slightly smaller in...


1634 - Nieuwe Caerte Waerinne Vertoont wordt de Gantsche Vaert van Amsterdam over de Watten tot de Stadt Hamborch toe . . . 1634

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Nice example of Henricus Hondius' map of the Wadden Sea in two horizontal sections, published in Amsterdam. Interesting map of the major shipping routes between the Amsterdam and Hamburg in the Southern part of the North Sea. The map was first issued...


1610 - Alsatia Superior cu Suntgoia & Brisgoia

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Nice old color example of the Mercator-Hondius map of part of Alsatia. West is oriented on the top. The map is centered on the course of the Rhine River, from Strasbourg in the north (right side of ma) to Basle.


1619 - Messin Nova Territorii Metensis Descriptio Autore Abrahamo Fabert Consule Urbis Metensis . . .

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Striking example of Jodocus and Henricus Hondius' map of a portion of the Metz region of northeastern France. The map is centered on Metz and the Moselle River Region. The map is quite unusual, bearing the imprint of both Jodocus Hondius and Henricus...


1630 - Duche de Bretaigne Dessigne par le Sieur Hard Mareschal des logis du Roy . . .

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Detailed early map of Bretagne, sold in Paris by Melchior Tavernier.


1631 - Galliae supra omnes in hac forma editiones locu pletißima et exactißima descriptio auctore Henrico Hondio

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Early Dutch map of France, published in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius. The map is finely engraved and embellished, including sailing ships, sea monsters, and an elaborate compass rose fill the sea. The royal armorial at upper right is balanced in the...


1619 - Braunswyck & Meydburg cum ceteris adiacentbus

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Old color example of Mercator's regional map of a part of Germany from an early edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atas.


1620 - Accurata Prussiae Descriptio

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Scarce map of Prussia, published by Gerard Mercator in Amsterdam. Covers most of the North of Poland and parts of Kalingrad and Southern Lithuania.


1627 - [Untitled Map of Central Westphalia]

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Nice example of the Mercator-Hondius regional map of Westphalia, in modern-day Germany.


1627 - Thuringia . . . 1627

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Old color example of Hondius' regional map of Germany, from the Atlas Sive Cosmograhia. The map is centered on Erfurt, Weimar and Gotha.