Rare example of Van Den Keere's decorative map of the World, first issued in 1608. One of the supreme examples of the mapmaker's art. The map is a skillful copy of Blaeu's single page map of 1608, with very minor changes to the cartouches and decorative embellishments. While a direct copy, the engraving work is as good or better than the original, and significantly rarer. Van Den Keere also adds additional annotations, not on the Blaeu map. The decorative figures include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The side panels show the four elements and the four seasons. At the bottom are the seven wonders of the world. The map was originally issued by Van Den Keere and dated 1608. The Le Maire Straits were added in 1621. Thereafter, the plate was sold to Jan Jansson, who used it in a few rare early editions of his atlas. All editions are quite rare. The map incorporates some of the classic early 17th Century cartographic misconceptions, including the elongated NW Coast of America, massive southern hemisphere with narrow strait between it and South America, incomplete New Guinea attached to large southern continent, etc. A nice old color example, which has been reinforced on the verso to support thinness in the paper and some restorations within the image. In all, a highly decorative example of this sought after map. Shirley 264.
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.