1546 HONTER CORDIFORM WORLD MAP
4 3/4” x 6 1/2”. Uncolored woodcut. Some slight losses around centerfold due to sewing holes. Very good condition.
“In 1546 Honter’s Rudimenta Cosmographica was republished in Zürich with thirteen maps. The heart-shaped world map is a reduced version of Waldseemüller’s and similar to the previous two world maps by Honter” -- Shirley. Commissioned by publisher Christoph Froschauer, the woodblock for the world map was cut by Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder whose monogram HVE appears in the lower left-hand corner. “In the map, Honter has recognized Magellan’s reports of a South American continent and a vast Pacific Ocean. In the north, the American coastline is shown as parts of a large island, with a direct route to the East at the equator” -- Portraits of The World. Johann Honter was a Transylvanian humanist and Protestant reformer who was cited by Abraham Ortelius in the Catalogus Auctorum of his famous atlas in 1570. The Rudimenta Cosmographica, was published in response to the popularity of Honter’s earlier books, some of which were printed on his private press in his native Kronstadt. The volume was extremely popular and Karrow notes that the “Rudimenta Cosmographica taught several generations all over Europe their geographical ABC’s, and the little atlas of fourteen maps that accompanied it was the first widely circulated collection of maps.”
Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #86; Portraits of The World, #4, pp. 6-7; Karrow, Maps and Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century, p. 315.
Inventory No. 8183