Americae pars Meridionalis

Jodocus Hondius (*1563 - 1612)
Coloured map of South America. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1638.

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Beautiful map of the South American continent by Henricus Hondius. This map offers a wealth of geographical detail concerning South America, complemented by several vignettes depicting indigenous scenes, wildlife, canoes, and huts. Off the coasts, one can spot a variety of sailing ships, canoes, and even mythical sea creatures. A grand decorative cartouche takes center stage, featuring indigenous people armed with weaponry, alongside representations of native flora and fauna.

Originally created by Hondius, the map soon underwent a change in attribution, passing to his partner and brother-in-law, Johannes Jansson. This map ranks among the earliest standalone maps of South America and stands out as one of the first ornate depictions of the continent to grace a Dutch Atlas. From the Latin edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1638.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleAmericae pars Meridionalis
Publisher, YearHenricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1638
Plate Size46.6 x 55.2 cm (18.3 x 21.7 inches)
Sheet Size49.8 x 59.5 cm (19.6 x 23.4 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 9800:1B.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 South America. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1638.

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