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.
|Title||Europa Exactissime Descripta|
|Publisher, Year||Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633|
|Plate Size||38.0 x 50.7 cm (15.0 x 20.0 inches)|
|Sheet Size||47.7 x 56.7 cm (18.8 x 22.3 inches)|
|Reference||Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 1000:1D.2|
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