Lot 576: Hondius' Asia 1631

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:46

Lot 576: Author: Hondius, Henricus; Title: Asia recens summa cura delineata; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1631; Description: Copper-engraved map hand-colored in outline and wash, 2 colored cartouches, 1 of them pictorial. 37.5x49.5 cm (14¾x19½").Striking map of all of Asia based on the 1623 map of Asia by Henricus' brother Jodocus, but without the decorative panels. The map extends from the Arabian peninsula through the East Indies. There is a wide expanse of ocean between the northeast coast of Asia and the northwest coast of America, most of the latter of which is conveniently hidden by a dedication cartouche to hide the lack of geograpic knowledge. Korea is shown as a long peninsula and Japan on the Ortelius/Teixeira model. This became the standard map of Asia throughout the 17th century. Two hunters flank the title cartouche and the map is embellished with animals, ships and sea creatures. French text on verso. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: A little wear along centerfold, verso tape repair at its foot, minor marginal soiling; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1000-1500
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