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.
|Title||Germaniae nova et accurata descriptio - Germania|
|Publisher, Year||Everard Cloppenburgh, Amsterdam, 1625 |
|Plate Size||45.4 x 55.6 cm (17.9 x 21.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||47.2 x 57.5 cm (18.6 x 22.6 inches)|
|Reference||Schilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 37.2|
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