|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Amstelodami, Henricus Hondius Excudit. Sculpserunt E.S. Hamersveldt et S. Rogeri. [c.1636]|
|Dimensions||375 x 490 mm|
A large and ornate map of Venezuela or 'Nova Andalusia,' engraved by Evert van Hamersvelt and Salomon Rogers for a French edition of the Hondius Atlas Novus. The map encompasses much of the northern coast of South America, as well as the southern Caribbean and the islands of the Lesser Antilles. Territorial divisions are outlined in hand colour, and mountains and forests are shown pictorially, also picked out in hand colour. Cities and principal towns are coloured red, including Caracas and Valencia, and the Orinoco River is plotted with a note listing its various names. The title is enclosed in a strapwork cartouche at centre top, while a similar cartouche in the bottom right contains the scale. The map is further ornamented by a pair of decorative compass roses, and a sailing ship to the west of Granada.
Henricus Hondius (1597 - 16th August 1651), often called Hendrik Hondius the Younger to differentiate him from the earlier, and unrelated portrait engraver Hendrik Hondius the Elder, was the son of the famous cartographer Jodocus Hondius. Like his father, Henricus was an engraver, cartographer, and publisher. He first came to prominence through his publication in 1606 of a new version of Mercator's 1569 World Map, the plates for which he had obtained from Mercator's grandson Rumold. Following his father's death, Henricus co-ran the family business, eventually partnering with his brother-in-law, Jan Jansson.
Evert Symonsz. van Hamersvelt (1591-1653) was a Dutch engraver based in Amsterdam. A prolific map engraver, he produced numerous cartographic plates for Jodocus Hondius, Jan Jansson, and Johan Blaeu, most notably for later editions of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas and for Jansson's Atlas Novus.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor ink staining and foxing to margins, not affecting map. French text on verso.