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Atlas Minor

Atlas Minor : J. Hondius

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Engraved title page in second state, with fully engraved globe detail, 153 maps, 655 pp with manuscript page numbers, contemporary vellum. Rare first edition of one of the most successful atlas productions of the early 1600s. Ortelius' "Theatrum ..." remained popular but was being overtaken by the more up-to-date work of Jodocus Hondius, who, using Mercator's plates as a nucleus, added many new maps of non-European parts of the world. Hondius' "Atlas" of 1606 was a large folio publication of some 144 finely engraved maps. However, seeing a gap in the market between the large and expensive folio-size atlases, and the "pocket" atlases after Ortelius, Hondius conceived the "Atlas Minor" series. With maps approximately four times the size of the various "Epitomies," more detail could be more clearly displayed, but produced at a fraction of the cost of the folio volumes. The "Atlas Minor" offered by Amsterdam publisher Cornelis Claesz first appeared, as here, in 1607 in Latin text and subsequently in some six further editions before 1620, in French and German translations. The plates were used also in a number of English publications including Purchas and Sparke. Amongst the 153 maps, which in the early editions can be particularly enjoyed for the quality of their engraving, are several of North American interest, maps of specific areas including Cyprus, Japan, the North Pole, and a section of classical geography (not included in folio atlas). Engraved title page in second state, with fully engraved globe detail, 153 maps, 655 pp with manuscript page numbers, contemporary vellum.
region: World Atlases
mapmaker: J. Hondius  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1607
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 180 by 240mm (7 by 9½ inches).
ref: 38393
literature: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, 351:01

Price: £ 15500

 
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