|Method||Copper engraving and etching|
|Dimensions||Image 272 x 371 mm, Sheet 279 x 384 mm|
A plan of the city of Amsterdam in 1612, decorated with notable buildings, and a dotted line indicating the plans for the expansion of the city. Featuring two cartouches, one with the Latin title and description to the left, and the other on the top right with the Dutch title and description.
The plate was used in the Dutch edition of Pontanus' history of Amsterdam,"Historische beschrijving der seer wijt beroemde coop-stadt Amsterdam" ("Historical account of the famous trade city Amsterdam") published in 1614.
Jodocus Hondius (14th October 1563 - 12th February 1612) was a Dutch Flemish cartographer, engraver, and publisher. Hondius is most famous for reviving the primacy of the work of Gerard Mercator, through the publication of his Atlas, and the smaller Atlas Minor, in the early seventeenth century, at a time when cartography was largely dominated by Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The Mercator-Hondius Atlas was composed of maps pulled from plates Hondius had purchased from Mercator's grandson, as well as thirty-six new plates Hondius commissioned, and in many cases engraved, himself. He is also believed to have been the chief engraver of the plates for John Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. Following his death, he was succeeded by his sons, Jodocus the Younger and Henricus, as well as his son in law Jan Jansson.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark, and close to image to left. Tipped to album page. Vertical folds. Overall time toning and foxing. Part of the Dutch title missing.