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The Mapping of North America

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This is Theodore De Bry’s reduction of Jodocus Hondius’ broadside map illustrating the circumnavigation of Sir Francis Drake’s in 1577-1580. It illustrates Drake’s route using tiny ships along the route to denote the direction of travel. Around the map are a portrait of him at the top and illustration of his ship below. The map is further embellished with sea monsters and elegant strap work. The exact date of the original Hondius-Drake broadside is not known but believed to be the work of Jodocus Hondius, circa 1595. This particular map appeared in several editions of De Bry’s ‘America’ Part VIII, beginning in 1599. The present example was the title page to the first edition in Latin, 1599. The work described three voyages by Sir Francis Drake, one by Henry Cavendish and two by Sir Walter Ralegh. As the Hondius broadside is virtually unobtainable, the present map is highly sought after among collectors. Church I 163 illustrated pl. 163; Shirley 219 and refer to 188.
DE BRY, Theodore

(Map of the World)

Frankfurt, 1599
120 x 225 mm., in full wash colour, with repaired tear in lower right corner, not affecting the image, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9411
$ 2,500
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