This extremely rare map was until recently unrecorded. There are only three known examples of the first state and three of this the third. It is a Parisian version of the Visscher issue of the van den Keere of America, 1614. However, here Honervogt does not include any decorative borders and alters the cartouche. He was a native of Cologne, born c.1590, and engraved in Paris from 1608. By 1624 he was established in his own shop, and died c.1663. Sometime after 1654 he worked in partnership with Gérard Jollain, who took over the business following Honervogt’s death, and about whom very little is known.
This forms one of a set of continental maps in which the Europe is dated 1640. Loeb-Larocque records them as being found in two states, the latter with the imprint of Jollain. Tooley in his study of maps of Africa records an example of 1656, and the Europe is found with the date 1658. It is therefore possible that an intermediate state remains to be found. The world map is also found in a 1655 state. The other recorded examples of this state are found in a composite van Loon atlas in the British Library and in a private French collection. Provenance: Burden collection. Burden (1996) 259; Loeb-Larocque (1989) pp. 18-19, nos. 3 & 4, & pl. 4; Loeb-Larocque (1993); Shirley (1984) no. 315 (Honervogt’s world map); Tooley (1973) p. 302 (the Jollain map of 1666 presumed, but not located, by Tooley); Tooley (1969) p. 119 (recording both 1656 and 1666 editions of the Africa).