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

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This beautiful map of the Tartary, first published by Jodocus Hondius in Amsterdam in 1606, vividly depicts East Asia, with a focus on Tartary, Central Asia, and Asiatic Russia.

Noteworthy features include a prominent Great Wall of China, Korea depicted as an island, an early representation of America's northwest coast, and the marked Strait of Anian. The map extends westward to the Black Sea and Russia, adorned with decorative vignettes providing insights into the nomadic tribes of the region.

In the 17th century, marked by European exploration and a thirst for understanding unknown regions, East Asia held particular intrigue for scholars, traders, and governments. This map captures that fascination, reflecting the uncertainties and misconceptions of the time. From the French edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1633. French text on verso.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size34.1 x 49.3 cm (13.4 x 19.4 inches)
Sheet Size48.0 x 56.9 cm (18.9 x 22.4 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8050:1A.


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 Russia. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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