Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Ceylon by Jodocus Hondius

Cartographer

Jodocus Hondius

Title

Ins. Ceilan quae incolis Tenarisin dicitur

Published

Amsterdam, 1606

Size

34 x 50 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18753

Condition

mint

Price

$ 1250

Description

Jodocus Hondius superb map of the island of Ceylon, first issued in the 1606 Mercator-Hondius series of atlases. As mentioned in the lower right cartouche, the map was designed by Petrus Plancius. The toponyms leave no doubt that the map is based on Portuguese sources. North is to the left of the map.

The map is the original copperplate that was engraved by Jodocus Hondius the Elder for inclusion in the Mercator-Hondius series of atlases, first published in 1606.

For reasons unknown, in 1638 the map was replaced by a re-engraved copperplate that is similar far less decorative and less skillfully executed, under publishers Johannes Jansson and Henricus Hondius.

van der Krogt 8380.1A:1.