Germaniae nova et accurata descriptio - Germania

Jodocus Hondius (*1563 - 1612)
Antique map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Everard Cloppenburgh in 1630.

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Scarce Visscher-Hondius map of the Holy Roman Empire with side panels.

Very decorative and rare 'carte-à-figures' map of Germany with the surrounding countries by Jodocus Hondius. This beautiful map of Germany is based on a map by C. J. Visscher from 1621 and was first published in 1625. Shortly after the death of Jodocus Hondius II, the copper plate came into the possession of Everard Cloppenburg, who published the map with a changed publisher's address and date as a broadsheet, but also in the work Historis oft Waerachtich verhael van Oorlooge in Duytschland. Where also this example comes from, dated 1630 next to the title cartouche. Two later editions were published by D. Danckerts and F. de Wit.

The map is surrounded on all sides by figures, city views and coats of arms. The upper border shows the title Germania and the imperial coat of arms in the centre. Next to it the equestrian portraits of the emperor and the seven electors. At the bottom a series of ten city views, each with four coats of arms: Frankfurt, Augsburg, Metz, Leipzig, Strasbourg, Lübeck, Heidelberg, Brunswick, Trier and Hamburg. On the left margin three costumed figures and the city views of Prague, Spiers, Nuremberg and Basel. On the right margin three figures with the city views of Cologne, Vienna, Regensburg and Ulm. At the lower left a beautiful title cartouche, in the North Sea a compass rose.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleGermaniae nova et accurata descriptio - Germania
Publisher, YearEverard Cloppenburgh, Amsterdam, 1625 [1630]
Plate Size45.4 x 55.6 cm (17.9 x 21.9 inches)
Sheet Size47.2 x 57.5 cm (18.6 x 22.6 inches)
ReferenceSchilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 37.2


Slightly browned, especially on the back. In the usual old folds small backed holes and tears, small backed marginal tear at left side to the border. Very good condition.


Jodocus Hondius born 1563 in Wakken (West Flanders). He became a globe maker and map engraver. In 1593 set up his business in Amsterdam after he spent some years in London. He was one of the most important engravers of his time and engraved maps for van den Keere, Waghenaer or Speed. Hondius bought the plates of Mercator in 1604, added around 40 maps and published the Atlas first 1606 still under Mercators name. After his death 1612 in Amsterdam, the business was carried out by his sons Jodocus II and Henricus.

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Antique map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Everard Cloppenburgh in 1630.

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