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Transylvania Sibenburgen, published in Amsterdam by Jan Jansson, is an antique engraved map of Transylvania and Sibenberg. Derived from Gerard Mercator's Transylvania map of 1595-1602, but with a new cartouche, it first appeared in Jansson's 1636 Atlas.

This historical map includes an elaborate decorative cartouche and a coat of arms in the lower right corner, featuring two women sitting next to a shield adorned with three claws.

The artistic embellishments and geographical details of the map reflect the cartographic style and understanding of the period, making it a valuable piece of European cartography. It serves as both a geographical reference and a symbol of the era's decorative artistry.

Condition Description
Engraving on 17th-century laid paper. Original hand-coloring. Very minor tear toward center of upper border expertly repaired on verso. Spanish text on verso (1653-1666).
Van der Krogt 1, 7700:1A.3 (Spanish, signature Xxx).
Jan Jansson Biography

Jan Janssonius (also known as Johann or Jan Jansson or Janszoon) (1588-1664) was a renowned geographer and publisher of the seventeenth century, when the Dutch dominated map publishing in Europe. Born in Arnhem, Jan was first exposed to the trade via his father, who was also a bookseller and publisher. In 1612, Jan married the daughter of Jodocus Hondius, who was also a prominent mapmaker and seller. Jonssonius’ first maps date from 1616.

In the 1630s, Janssonius worked with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius. Their most successful venture was to reissue the Mercator-Hondius atlas. Jodocus Hondius had acquired the plates to the Mercator atlas, first published in 1595, and added 36 additional maps. After Hondius died in 1612, Henricus took over publication; Janssonius joined the venture in 1633. Eventually, the atlas was renamed the Atlas Novus and then the Atlas Major, by which time it had expanded to eleven volumes. Janssonius is also well known for his volume of English county maps, published in 1646.

Janssonius died in Amsterdam in 1664. His son-in-law, Johannes van Waesbergen, took over his business. Eventually, many of Janssonius’ plates were sold to Gerard Valck and Pieter Schenk, who added their names and continued to reissue the maps.