A beautifully ornate map of the British Isles by Henricus Hondius. At the top left corner, the title is elegantly presented within a lavishly adorned cartouche. To the top right, an exquisite cartouche features a map of the Orkney Islands. In the bottom left corner, there is a cartouche with a mileage scale. The map itself is a work of art, adorned with depictions of ships and three enchanting mermaids, each holding a flag representing England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Although it bears the date 1631, this relatively scarce map was only included in the Hondius-Janssonius atlas between 1633 and 1644. As Shirley observes, this map was among several introduced by Hondius and Janssonius in response to competition from the emerging Blaeu firm, which had just started venturing into the atlas market around the time of this map's publication. This competitive environment likely contributed to the map's enhanced visual appeal.
From the 1633 edition of the Hondius-Janssonius Atlas, French text on verso.
|Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae Tabula.
|H. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
|38.0 x 51.0 cm (15.0 x 20.1 inches)
|47.7 x 57.0 cm (18.8 x 22.4 inches)
|Shirley, R. W.: Printed Maps of the British Isles 1650-1750, 435; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5000:1C
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