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Polus Antarcticus 1657

by Hendrik Hondius

In 1637, Hendrik Hondius published the first version of this map. It was regularly revised and reissued. This version is from Jansson’s Grooten Atlas and is one of the earliest printed maps to show Abel Tasman’s discoveries on the western coastline of New Holland, ‘Nova Hollandia detect Anno 1644’, the southern tip of Van Diemen’s Land and an edge of New Zealand. The large vignettes surrounding the hemispherical map depict scenes from South America and the Pacific region.