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I am researching Jodocus Hondius II and his 1629 map of the Holy Land which his widow sold to Blaeu.  There is not much written about this fellow.  I have the Imago Mundi article from 1948 about some of the maps and of course Koeman.  Do you have any further information about this subject; I obtained a copy of the original  Holy Land map with Hondius' name on it from the original copperplate prior to Blaeu erasing it.

Howard Golden

The Editor: 
Jodocus Hondius Jr was born circa 1594/5, son of Jococus Sr. and Coletta (née van den Keere, sister of Pieter).  His earliest signed publication was a map of Scandinavia, issued in 1613.  For the period 1612 to 1621, Jodocus Jr. seems to have worked within the family firm, under the management of his mother Coletta, but there is little tangible evidence.  A number of atlases date from this period with the imprint of Jodocus Hondius, such as Petrus Bertius' Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum (1616) and Bertius' Theatrum Geographiae Veteris, but it uncertain to what extent these productions are the sole work of Jodocus Jr, or of the family firm.  I tend towards the latter view.

In June 1621, Jodocus Jr. married Anne Staffmaecker, and moved into a marital home on the Dam, where he established his own publishing business, leaving his younger brother  Henry (Henricus / Hendricus / Hendrik) to gradually take over the family firm. 

From the period 1621 onwards, Jodocus Jr. published a small number of maps, including several 'carte à figures' (maps with panelled borders, depicting town views and plans, and costume figures), a genre popularised by his father.  These include maps of the four continents, the British Isles and Brabant.  He also seems to have engraved a number of maps either in conjunction with, or for his brother Henry, which subsequently appear in editions of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas, but here again virtually nothing is known about their co-operation, beyond the maps arising from it.

Latterly, he began work assembling a series of maps for a world atlas (with several dated 1629), but production of the atlas was curtailed by his early death that same year.  Only a small number of collections survive, without title-page.  It has been assumed that his widow Anna almost immediately sold the map plates to Willem Blaeu, who substituted his own name, before issuing them as a world atlas in 1630.  This neat process was rather disrupted when one such collection appeared on the market, with the letterpress title-page:

'Appendix Atlantis Maioris. Per Iodocvm Hondivm Anno 1630'

My assumption is that Jodocus Jr.'s widow sold the plates to Blaeu in 1629, but retained the residual stock of printed maps (after all, of no use to Blaeu), and tried to continue by selling bound collections, including this collection assembled in 1630.  One can imagine that without the printing plates, this would have been a difficult task, and may explain why so few sets survive.

The principal biography of Jodocus Jr is Johannes Keuning's 'Jodocus Hondius Jr.' (Imago Mundi, IV, p.63ff, Reprint edition, Amsterdam, Nico Israel,, 1965).  Subsequent accounts include Gunter Schilder's 'The World Map Of 1624 By Willem Jansz. Blaeu & Jodocus Hondius' (Amsterdam: Nico Israel, 1977), especially p.10, and the revised edition of Koeman, for the 1629 atlas: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici New Edition Volume 1, The Folio Atlases Published By Gerard Mercator Jodocus Hondius ... ('t Goy-houten, Netherlands: HES Publishers, 1997, p.125), which updates Koeman's analysis.

I have been unable to locate any information about the publication of "Comic Map of the Seat of War." The map measures 46x69 cm., and the inscription in the lower right corner is "May 30th 1854 / Publ. by Rock Brothers & Payne." A cartographer's name is not given. Any additional information known about this Crimean War cartoon map would be appreciated.
Who drew it, did it appear in a magazine or newspaper, etc.?

John W. Docktor 

The Editor:  The date of 1854 makes this one of the earliest "comic maps" we have heard of: certainly the most famous ones, by F.W.Rose, date from 20 years later. Unfortunately this map could not be found on the British Library's Map Library CD-ROM catalogue, nor indeed do the publishers' names appear.  With maps of this type it can be very hard to trace their origin if they turn up loose.  You simply have to hope that one day the original publication turns up and you make the connection.  Maybe one of our readers knows better...


Congratulations on issue 3. 

One comment about the Bermuda article and the 1511 Martyr map - Bermudez' first voyage was 1505. The voyage you cite was his second. Palmer was unaware of this and started the confusion as to why the map shows Bermuda. 

Tom Suarez. 
The Editor:  Thank you for your note.  My article has been amended accordingly.  I tried to check Palmer' statement but, with the British library closed, I was thrown back on my own meagre reference books.  Even the Encyclopaedia Britannica seems to suggest one voyage only.  Mea culpa. 

*Tom  notes, in his description of  the Peter Martyr map from Shedding The Veil (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., 1992), p.61, footnote 13: "Confusion has sometimes been occasioned by the omission of Bermudez' obscure first voyage; some bibliographers have been aware only of his later voyage of 1515, thereby leaving Martyr's Bermuda a mystery"

I'm looking for articles or books on the dutch geographer Lucas Janzon WAGHENAER.

Can you help me ? 

Alain Nicot
The Editor:  Waghenaer has been the subject of four very good monograph-biographies. 

The best, because it is all-encompassing, is: 

Dr. C. Koeman The History of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer and his Spieghel der Zevaerdt (Lausanne: Sequoia S.A., 1964).  This was written to accompany a colour facsimile of Waghenaer's Spieghel, and gives a biography of Waghenaer, an account of European chart-making before him, and of his sources and working methods, a description of the First Edition of the Spieghel, later editions, and other works by him. 

R.A. Skelton wrote three 'Bibliographical Notes' to accompany facsimiles of Waghenaer's two rutters, the Spieghel (Amsterdam; Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1964) - and the English pirate edition the Mariners Mirrovr (Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, 1965) - and his Thresoor der Zeevaerdt (Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, 1966) 

The chapter on Waghenaer in Cornelis Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici (vol. IV: Celestial and maritime atlases and pilot books', Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd., 1970) gives a brief summary of Waghenaer's career, and then an extensive description of the rutters, their editions and the charts contained in them. 


In two articles articles on cartographical curiosities, the Editor referred to Carington Bowles as John Carington Bowles, following a mis-reading of the family tree in Donald Hodson's
'County Atlases of the British Isles' vol.I, Appendix III (Tewn, Hertfordshire, Tewin Press, 1983, now distributed by the British Library), and then not fully reading the accompanying text. 
Donald has kindly pointed out my error in running together two brothers John (who seems to have been the black sheep of the family) and Carington, and the two articles have been
corrected accordingly. 

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