A very popular baroque-style map, the original design was used as a frontispiece (a decorative illustration facing the title page of a book
) to Henricus Hondius's 1630 revision of the Mercator/Hondius Atlas. At the time the Mercator/Hondius was being challenged by rival mapmakers.
Decorations include nature inspired art as well as historical portaits of Julius Caesar as well as cartographers Claudius Ptolemy, Gerard Mercator, and Jodocus Hondius Sr.
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