This is the last and final volume in the series
Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica. This serie is the result of the author's investigations, carried out during the past thirty years in numerous Dutch and foreign collections. In this way rare cartographic material is now more easily accessible. The work is monumental in every respect, and it is indispensable for private as well as public reference collections.
This volume focuses exclusively on the work of Hessel Gerritsz. (c. 1581-1632), who ranks among the most important and influential cartographers of the early-seventeenth-century Amsterdam. He started his career in Willem Jansz. Blaeu's workshop. About 1608 he established himself as an independent engraver, mapmaker and printer. A selection of his maps has been described and reproduced in full size and his position as chart-maker of the Dutch East and West India Company is discussed in detail.
To present an easier access to the whole series, a general index on names, maps and a dozen thematic subjects of all the nine volumes has been compiled. This index volume is included.
Günter Schilder, born in Vienna (1942), studied geography and history at Vienna University, receiving a scholarship from the Netherlands Ministry of Education to carry out research in Dutch archives regarding the history of the exploration of Australia by the United East-India Company (VOC). After receiving his PhD he went on to become the assistant of Cornelis Koeman, Professor of Cartography at Utrecht University. In 1981 he was offered a personal Chair in the History of Cartography at Utrecht University, a position he continued until his retirement in 2007. One of Schilder’s greatest achievements is the creation of Explokart, a specialized research program now located at Amsterdam University, dedicated to researching cartographic documents of all kinds from previous centuries. He is co-author of
Sailing for the East. History and catalogue of manuscript charts on vellum of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) 1602-1799.
“The nine volumes of
Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica form a most impressive and truly monumental oeuvre on a library shelf, a fitting monument to Schilder himself for his untiring and dedicated contributions.” Edward H. Dahl, Val-des-Monts, Québec, Canada. In:
Imago Mundi, Vol.67, No. 2 (2015), pp. 242-243.
Table of contents
List of Facsimiles List of Colour Plates Foreword I Hessel Gerritsz. (1580/81 - 1632)
Pas-Caert-schryver ende Boeck-verkooper in de Pas-Caert II In the service of Willem Jansz. [Blaeu] III Maps of the
Leo Belgicus [Lion passant facing left] engraved by Hessel Gerritsz. III.I Map of the
Leo Belgicus, printed from Hessel Gerritsz.’ first copperplate III.2 Map of the
Leo Belgicus, printed from Hessel Gerritsz.’ second copperplate IV Hessel Gerritsz.’ rutter of Ireland, 1612 V The
Beschryvinghe vander Samoyeden Landt (1612/13) and the
Histoire du Pays nomme Spitsberghe (1613) V.1 The editions V.2 The Maps V.2.1 The
Tabula Nautica V.2.2 The map by Isaac Massa V.2.3 Map of the world V.2.4 Map of the Barents Sea V.3 The essays of Isaac Massa V.4 The
Memoriael of De Quirós V.5. Henry Hudson’s voyage of 1610/11 Appendices VI The Maps of Russia (1613/14), Moscow (1613) and the Kremlin (1613) by Hessel Gerritsz. VI.1 The Predecessors VI.2 Hessel Gerritsz.’ Map of Russia, 1613 and 1614 VI.2.1 First state, 1613 VI.2.2 Second state, 1614 VI.2.3 Third edition by Willem Jansz. Blaeu,  VI.2.4 Imitations VI.3 Hessel Gerritsz.’ Maps of Moscow and the Kremlin, 1613 VII The Wall map of Lithuania and the Dniepr, 1613 VII.1 Lithuania in the map-image at the end of the sixteenth century VII.2 The origin of the wall map of Lithuania VII.3 The publication process of the wall map of Lithuania, Amsterdam VII.4 Description of the wall map of Lithuania, 1613 00 Appendix VIII The wall map of Spain by Hessel Gerritsz., 1612 VIII.1 Wall maps of Spain, published in Antwerp VIII.2.1 The wall map of Spain by Hessel Gerritsz., 1612 VIII.2.2 A later edition by Pieter van den Keere, 1615 VIII.3 Hessel Gerritsz.’ folio sized map of Spain, 1613 IX The wall map of Italy by Hessel Gerritsz., 1617 X.1 Giovanni Antonio Magini: the atlas L’Italia and its overview map IX.2 Magini’s wall-map Italia Nuova, 1608 IX.3 The wall-map of Italy by Hessel Gerritsz., 1617 X. The Wall Map of Northern Europe by Hessel Gerritsz. and Henricus Hondius, 1635 X.1 Northern Europe in the Amsterdam cartography X.2 The Wall Map of the Orbis Arctoi by Andreas Bureus, 1626 X.2.1 The Preparations X.2.2 The Wall Map of 1626 X.3 The Amsterdam Edition of Northern Europe by Hessel Gerritsz. and Henricus Hondius, 1635 X.3.1 The editio princeps of 1635 X.3.2 The second edition by Joan Blaeu  X.3.3 The third edition by Joan Blaeu, [c. 1665/1670 X.3.4 Fourth edition byFrederick de Wit, c. 1680 X.3.5 Fifth edition, attributed to Pieter Mortier, c. 1710 X.3.6 Sixth edition by Pieter Mortier, after 1710 X.3.7 Seventh edition by Covens & Mortier, after 1720 Appendices XI Hessel Gerritsz. and the PolarRegions XI.1 The north-eastern route XI.2 Spitsbergen XI.3 Iceland and Jan Mayen Island XI.4 The north-western route Appendices XII Hessel Gerritsz. as chart maker of the United East India Company (VOC) XII.1 The United East India Company (VOC) XII.2 The ship’s chart-equipment in the early years XII.3 Towards a better organisation XII.4 The appointment of Hessel Gerritsz. as chart maker XII.5 List of VOC-charts by Hessel Gerritsz. Appendices XIII Hessel Gerritsz. and the West-India Company (WIC) XIII.1 Early Dutch Enterprises to the West XIII.2 The West-Indian Company (WIC) XIII.2.1 The founding and organization of the WIC XIII.2.2 The New World in print XIII.2.3 The Conquest of San Salvador, 1624 XIII.2.4 Joannes de Laet and Hessel Gerritsz., 1625 XIII.2.5 The Nassau Fleet (1623-1626) and Hessel Gerritsz. XIII.2.6 Victory of the Dutch Fleet in the Bahía de Todos os Santos in Brazil, 1627 XIII.2.7 Capture of the ‘Silver Fleet’ in Mantanzas Bay, 1628 XIII.2.8 Capture of two ships of the Honduras-fl eet, 1628 XIII.2.9 The conquest of Pernambuco, 1630 XIII.3 Hessel Gerritsz. as chart maker of the WIC XIII.3.1 Prototypes of charts for Atlantic navigation XIII.3.2 Hessel Gerritsz.’ charts of the Caribbean Sea XIII.3.3 Hessel Gerritsz.’ charts of Brazil XIII.3.4 The roteiros of Hessel Gerritsz. (1627-1629) XIII.3.5 Set of manuscript charts attributed to Hessel Gerritsz. Bibliography
Table of Contents of the General Index of Volumes I – IX 1. Table of Contents per Volume 7 2. Facsimile’s 2.1. Per volume 24 2.2. By author, in alphabetical order 31 2.3. By region, in alphabetical order 39 3. Names of persons, in alphabetical order 48 4. Cartographic Documents 4.1. Maps and charts alphabetically by region, within the region alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence 97 4.2. Plans, views, profiles, forts, sieges alphabetically by region, within the region alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 145 4.3. Atlases, books, catalogues, journals and rutters alphabetically by item, within the item by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence 222 4.4. Celestial maps alphabetically by author* 238 4.5. Globes, terrestial and celestial by maker, alphabetically 239 5. Thematic subjects 5.1. Accuracy circles alphabetically by author* 240 5.2. Allegories alphabetically by item, within the item alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 240 5.3. Cartouches alphabetically by item, within the item alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 250 5.4. Costume figures alphabetically by region, within the region alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 261 5.5. Documents alphabetically by item, within the item alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 294 5.6. Index sheets alphabetically by author* 302 5.7. Paintings alphabetically by name* 303 5.8. Portraits alphabetically by name* 304 5.9. Ship’s names alphabetically, anonymous ships according to author of the illustration 342 5.10. Title pages and frontispices alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 346 5.11. Various illustrations alphabetically by item, within the item alphabetically by author, for each specific author in chronological sequence* 353 *These items are indexed only per illustration
The book facilitates access to rare printed Flemish and Dutch maps and charts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and where possible the maps are published in full-sized facsimile. In this way rare cartographic material is now more easily accessible to interested cartographers, historians, art historians, and others.