Description - The original map from the 1607 copperplate engraved by Jodocus Hondius 1563-1612 a native of Flanders who at an early age was apprenticed as a globe maker and map engraver. Ultimately, Hondius became one of the foremost engravers of his time. In 1604, Hondius purchased the engraved plates of Mercators Atlas. Many of the maps had been drawn by the highly esteemed Dutch cartographer Gerard Mercator 1512-1594. It is Mercator who first used the term Atlas Hondius extended this original Atlas substantially, and published an enlarged edition in many languages, still under Mercators name but with his own name as publisher.
This map is from an English edition of the miniature atlas entitled Mercators Atlas: Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World. It was translated into English and printed by Thomas Cotes in London for Michael Sparkes and Samuel Cartwright in 1635