By: Jodocus Hondius
Date: 1659 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 16 x 22 inches (40.5 x 56 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of Hondius's iconic map of Europe produced during the golden age of Dutch map making.
The map shows in detail the geo-political landscape of early 17th century Europe and extend far enough to include the northern coast of Africa, the Holy Land, Asia Minor, Russian Europe, Iceland, part of Greenland, and the mythical island of Frisland.
The upper frieze contains nine bird’s eye views or maps of important European cities, including (from left to right) Lisbon, Toledo, London, Paris, Rome, and Venice. Flanking the map are ten portraits of various peoples dressed in their traditional garb of the era.
The map is lavishly embellished with numerous sailing ships, some in battle, and vignettes of three bears in the northern portion of Russia and three lions in Northern Africa.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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