World, 1630, Hondius, Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis, Antique Map



Nova Totius Terrarum, a double-hemisphere map of the world by Hendrik Hondius the Younger, first seen in the 1630 edition of the Mercator–Hondius Atlas. This ornately decorated map epitomizes the lavish baroque style of the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. The basic cartography follows John Speed’s world map, using two hemispheres. Vignettes above and below the spheres symbolize the four elements — Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. In the four corners, there are portraits of Julius Caesar, Claudius Ptolemy, Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius. In the lower center inset, there is a depiction of the four continents, with the personified Asia, America and Africa, paying tribute to Europe, a common theme on 17th-century atlas title pages and cartouches. This particular edition of the map is distinguishable by the added Janssonius’ name (Ioannes Ianssonius) in the bottom center, and the date ‘1641’ in the lower right cartouche. Considered a graphic masterpiece by some, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful world maps of the Dutch Golden Age period.

• Antique bi-hemisphere world map by Henricus Hondius II, 1630 (1641)
• Title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula Auct. Henr: Hondio.
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