South Pole, antique map with depiction of Australia - Hondius
This early map of the south pole was originally drawn by Henricus Hondius in 1641. It predates the first appearance of New Zealand and Van Diemen’s Land. Coloured by a later (?) hand.
Includes a blank dedication cartouche and French text on the verso. A marvelous decorative work and and essential map for Australia and South Pole collectors. It is considered one of the earliest realistic maps of the Antarctic continent, which is partially delineated in a combination of coastline and strings of islands noted as first discovered by Magellan. The circular map also shows parts of South America, Africa and Madagascar with the incomplete coastline Australia. Early Dutch explorations in the region are noted. The map is surrounded by fabulous engravings of natives and early explorers.
Verso: French text. Size 43 x 49 cm.
Price: €1.450,- (excl BTW/VAT)