This is an early views of India, China, and Southeast Asia
at the beginning of Dutch expansion into the area. This
is a very attractive, boldly engraved map in the fine,
distinctive style of Jodocus Hondius.
A strapwork title cartouche is at
the bottom right. A European ship sails in the waters south
of Macao, and, a Chinese junk sails in the
Sea of Bengal. A large sea monster is to the east
(right) and India.
This map improves the
general shape of the region as depicted on the Ortelius
map titled Indiae Orientalis... .
The map extends from Persia on the left side of the map,
of India and Sri Lanka, to The Philippines and the coast of
China. In the south, the map shows Southeast Asia and
the Malay peninsula, northern Sumatra and Borneo. The
map has placename detail with Macao, Canton and the Pearl
River estuary, Formosa, Goa, Calicut, etc., etc. identified.
Source material for this map likely
include the earlier Ortelius map of the region, and the manuscripts of the
Portuguese, Luis Teixeria and Luiz
Jorge de Barbuda, as reflected in Linschoten's Itinerario.
(1563-1612) was the founder of the famous 17th century Dutch map
publishing family. Hondius, along with sons Jodocus II and
Henricus and son-in-law Johannes Janssonius, was prominent in Dutch
cartography and competed with the emerging Blaeu family map
When Jodocus Hondius acquired
the copperplates of the Mercator atlas and decided to re-issue
them in 1606, he prepared this map for inclusion in his Atlas
sive Cosmographicae......, or the Mercator-Hondius atlas
as it is more commonly called. This map is from an
edition of 1613 with Latin text on the verso with a signature of
and pages 346-347. (vd Krogt, p.707).
This map last appeared in a Mercator Hondius atlas of 1636. There were later maps of
this region included in the Mercator-Hondius series of atlases by
Henricus Hondius and then Johannes Janssonius from 1638 to c.1680.
Reference: Van der Krogt,
Peter. Koeman's Atlantes
Neerlandici, vol. 1. 't Goy-Houten:
Fine Condition. Solid paper
with no separations. A strong impression, finely
colored, with wide margins. Some minor discoloration to outer parts of
wide margins, but the map image is clean with no spots.
This map would be a nice addition to any collection of maps of