Europa Exactissime Descripta

Jodocus Hondius (*1563 - 1612)
Coloured map of the European continent. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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A beautiful example of Hondius' map of Europe with attractive colors.

The map provides a detailed depiction of Europe, including the names of cities, mountains, and rivers. It also features Greenland, Iceland, and the mythical island of Frislandt in the northern region, while extending to a portion of Africa in the south. Spanning from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to parts of Asia in the east, it showcases Russia and the entire eastern Mediterranean coast. The land is adorned with illustrations of lions in Africa and bears in Russia, while a sea monster and sailing ships traverse the ocean. The title is elegantly presented within a cartouche.

This particular map is based on Jodocus Hondius highly decorative map of Europe, first published in 1606, which included an illustrated frame. The initial state of the map, without the illustrated border, was published by Jodocus Hondius in 1619. Subsequently, it was published by his son Henricus in 1631, 1641, and 1645. The current example represents the secound state of the map, as described by Van der Krogt. It appeared in the French edition of the Atlas Novus, published in 1633.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleEuropa Exactissime Descripta
Publisher, YearHenricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size38.0 x 50.7 cm (15.0 x 20.0 inches)
Sheet Size47.7 x 56.7 cm (18.8 x 22.3 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 1000:1D.2


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 the European continent. Printed in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius in 1633.

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