Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio

Jodocus Hondius (*1563 - 1612)
Coloured map of Mexico. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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Beautifully coloured antique map of Mexico by the Jodocus Hondius. With a beautiful title cartouche and mileage scales in both Dutch and Spanish miles.

The map is densely populated with towns and cities, many of which are marked with numbers or letters, especially in the Pacific region. Around Mexico City, 26 locations are detailed in the lower right cartouche. Mexico City itself is depicted on the shores of a sizable lake.

The ocean, which features Hondius' characteristic silk wave engravings, labeled as Sinus Mexicanus and decorated with a compass rose, a sailing ship flying the Spanish flag and a sea monster.

In the map's center, tiny diamonds signify Spanish encampments. The northern areas remain relatively unexplored, with the upper left mountains noted for cannibals (Anthropophagi) and people living without clothing. The mountains in the upper center are rumored to be rich in silver, while pearl fishing is highlighted on the Pacific coast. Salt lakes, known for producing the finest salt through evaporation, and the cultivation of sugar cane are notable features of this historically significant map.

Hondius drew inspiration from Abraham Ortelius' 1579 map, though the original cartographic sources remain uncertain. From the French edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas printed in 1633.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleHispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size34.9 x 48.2 cm (13.7 x 19.0 inches)
Sheet Size48.0 x 56.8 cm (18.9 x 22.4 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 9510:1.1


Very good condition.


Jodocus Hondius was born 1563 in Wakken (West Flanders). He became a globe maker and map engraver. In 1593 he set up his business in Amsterdam after he spent several years in London. He was one of the most important engravers of his time and engraved maps for van den Keere, Waghenaer and Speed. Hondius bought the plates of Mercator in 1604, added around 40 maps and published the expanded Mercator-Atlas first 1606 still under Mercator's name. After his death 1612 in Amsterdam, the business was carried out by his sons Jodocus II and Henricus.

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Coloured map of Mexico. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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