“Huc Franciscus Dra. Appulit”
By MERCATOR, Gerard; and Jodocus HONDIUS, 1609
Insulae Indiae Orientalis Praecipuae in Quibus Moluccae Celeberrimae Sunt.
- Author: MERCATOR, Gerard; and Jodocus HONDIUS
- Publication place: [Amsterdam
- Publication date: 1609, or later].
- Physical description: Engraved map, French text on verso, with contemporary hand-colour in full.
- Dimensions: 430 by 560mm. (17 by 22 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17577
Jodocus Hondius I (1563–1612) established the Hondius publishing house in Amsterdam, the center of cartographic production in the late sixteenth century. Between approximately 1584 to 1593 he lived and worked in London. Whilst there, he took a particular interest in Drake’s voyages and the man himself, with several engravings of the explorer attributed to him.
Hondius purchased many copperplates by Gerard Mercator (1512–94) in July of 1604, probably bought at Leiden at the auction of Mercator’s library, then in the possession of his grandson, Gerard Mercator, Jr. Hondius built a successful publishing career from his own Mercator-Hondius atlas, as ‘Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas Sive Cosmographicae’ in 1606 with 37 newly engraved maps, taking the total to 144. A revised text was written by Petrus Montanus. In 1609 a French edition was published, with by now, 147 maps.
After Jodocus Hondius I’s death in 1612, his widow, Jodocus Hondius II and his brother, Henricus Hondius II (1597–1651), continued publishing atlases under his name until 1620.
- Koeman II, Me 19
- Suarez, Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, page 193.