"THE WORLD", 1637, by Jodocus Hondius. This is a reproduction of one of the most iconic world maps of sailing history, taken from an original document held within the Archive of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in Taunton, Somerset. Jodocus Hondius Jr.'s world map of 1617 was adopted by The Parisian Henri le Roy, who re-engraved the borders to be published by Michael van Lochom in 1637.
The map was inserted in Nicholas Tassin's atlas 'Cartes Generales' in 1637 and 1640, and was later used in Pierre d'Avity's 'Le Monde' published in 1643. Henri le Roy crafted unique representations of the four continents.
Each illustrated corner of this archive Admiralty chart depicts animals and people classic to the specific region, e.g. a horse and reindeer for Europe, a camel for Asia, an elephant for Africa and a crocodile for the Americas.
Hand coloured and printed, all Admiralty archive nautical charts are suitable for framing and make ideal gifts.