Avrora. Ut formosa redit […]
Engraving on Hand laid (vergée) paper.
Sheet size: 34,2 x 23,8 cm. (13,5 x 9,4 inch). Image size: 34,1 x 21,9 cm. (13,4 x 8,6 inch).
From a series of four: Aurora, Meridies, Hesperus and Nox. Ref: NH. p. 87, 76-79
Made by Hendrik Hondius after Pieter Stevens. Henricus Hondius II or Hendrik Hondius the Younger (1597 – 1651) was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was born in Amsterdam, the son of the famous cartographer Jodocus Hondius who had started a map-making business in the city. Henricus obtained the original plates of the Mercator 1569 world map, and published a 1606 version of it. After his father died in 1612 Henricus co-ran the business with his brother-in-law. In 1621 opened his own company in his hometown. The first time his name was mentioned in an atlas was in 1623 when he published the fifth edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas. After 1628 Henricus partnered with the cartographer Jan Janssonius and together they continued the business. Pieter Stevens II or Peter Stevens II (1567 – 1626) born in Mechelen. He was a Flemish painter and draughtsman know for his landscapes. He left Flanders to work for the court of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. The circulation of prints made after a series of romantic Bohemian landscape drawings by Stevens and other artists had an important influence on the development of Flemish and Dutch landscape art in the 17th century. (Source: Wikipedia)
Condition: Good, given age. Trimmed to image. Light creasing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.