The Elder Hondius’ Map Of America
America. Jodocus Hondius. Amsterdam, 1606 (1628). Excellent. One subtle printer’s crease near lower center. Full fine original color.
A particularly beautioful example, in superb original color, of the seventeenth century’s first great atlas map of America.
Jodocus Hondius the elder is regarded as one of the foremost cartographers of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. His acquisition in 1604 of the copper-plates used for the Mercator atlas launched the Dutch map trade into the new century and, in Koeman’s words, `won [the Mercator atlas] its proper fame’.
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A copy of the first map to portray the world as a globe has been bought for £545,600 at Christie’s in London.
The price paid for the 1507 drawing – the first to label the New World as “America” – is a world record amount for a single sheet map. London clock dealers Charles Frodsham and Co bought it, saying they were “over the moon” with their purchase.
The auction house also sold a recently discovered set of letters by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley for £45,600.
The map was made German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, who followed the teachings of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
Vespucci was the first to claim the New World was a separate continent – as opposed to Christopher Columbus, who thought it was part of Asia.
The name “America” was derived from Vespucci’s first name, and the drawing was the first to distinguish North and South America and to show the Pacific Ocean.
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At a cost of $10 million, the Library of Congress is buying the first map to use the name America. The, map printed in 1507, is the first world map in which the name “America” appears for the lands of the New World. Historians say the 494-year-old map caused the hemisphere to be named for explorer Amerigo Vespucci instead of Columbus.
The evidence of this knowledge is in Waldseemueller’s world map of 1507, perhaps the most valuable of the 5 million maps owned by the Library of Congress. It was acquired for $10 million in 2003 and went on permanent display last year.
The 1507 Martin Waldseemüller map measures more than four feet by eight feet when assembled from its 12 separate sheets. The map has been referred to as America’s “birth certificate” because it is the first document on which the name “America” appears.