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Asiæ Nova Descriptio: Hondius c.1606

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  • Title: Asiæ Nova Descriptio
  • Author: Jodocus Hondius
  • Date: c.1606
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Good - toning, light foxing, issued center fold
  • Inches: 19 7/8 x 15 [Platemark]
  • Centimeters: 50.48 x 38.1 [Platemark]
  • Product ID: 222007

Map of Asia including India, China, Japan, the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, Pacific islands such as New Guinea, Borneo, the Philippines, Sumatra, and Java, parts of Africa and North America, and parts of Europe including Italy, Greece, and Sicily. Bodies of water include the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, and part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Jodocus Hondius was born in Wakken, Belgium in 1563. He grew up in Ghent, where he honed his skills as an engraver, instrument maker, and globe maker during his early years. Religious tensions in Flanders, however, prompted a move to London in 1584 with his sister Jacomina. There, in 1587, he found both love and collaboration. He married Colette van den Keere, daughter of metal type engraver Hendrik van den Keere, and entered into a partnership with her brother Pieter, a fellow mapmaker and engraver.