The Mercator Hondius Atlas with English text
By MERCATOR, Gerard; Henricus HONDIUS; Johannes JANSSONIUS , 1638

Atlas ou Representation du Monde Universel…

  • Author: MERCATOR, Gerard; Henricus HONDIUS; Johannes JANSSONIUS
  • Publication place: A Amsterdam
  • Publisher: chez Henry Hondius, demeurant sur le Dam, a l'enseigne du Chien Vigilant
  • Publication date: 1633 [but 1638].
  • Physical description: Two volumes, folio atlas (500 by 350mm), engraved titles, dedication leaf to Charles I, 195 (of 196) double-page engraved maps, map of Iceland supplied, lacking map of Transylvania, and double portrait of Hondius and Mercator, a few maps cropped to neatlines, English panelled calf to style, spine in seven compartments separated by raised bands, gilt, red morocco label to spine, lettered in gilt.
  • Inventory reference: 1094


The English edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas contained some twenty new maps; eight in the first volume and twelve in the second. This dramatic revision was ‘greater than in any of the former editions of the atlas’. (Koeman) Mercator’s maps of England, Scotland and Ireland have been corrected and improved with new vignettes, and several others bear the imprint of Henricus Hondius. In the second volume one can see the rise of Janssonius within the publishing partnership with many of the regional maps of France and many that previously bore Hencrius Hondius’ name, now bearing Jansonnius’ imprint.

The present work would remain the only folio atlas – produced by the great publishing houses of Janssonius and Blaeu – that bears English text. The text was translated by Henry Hexham (1858-1650), an English soldier and military writer who saw active service during the numerous Dutch campaigns of the early seventeenth century. It would appear that Hexham not only saw service, but also took up residence in Holland and became personally acquainted with both the then Prince of Orange, Prince Maurice of Nassau, and his bother Frederick Henry.

The present example conforms to Koeman Me 41B, however with the print English title on an overslip lacking.


Otto Schäfer Stiftung, Schweinfurt, Germany.


  1. Koeman Me 41B
  2. Van der Krogt 1:341.1B
  3. Phillips Atlases 449.
  4. 1:341.2B
  5. Shirely T.JAN-2f

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