Nice example of Jansson's map of Japan and Korea, shown here as an island, with decorative cartouches, sailing ships, and sea monster.
This finely engraved map is based on Texiera's map of Japan, the first separate map of Japan published in Europe, based upon Texiera's work as a Portuguese Missionary in the middle part of the 16th century. Jansson's work is graphic evidence of the significant decrease of European contact with Japan in the early 17th century.
In this elegantly designed re-issue of the Mercator/Hondius map, Jansson has re-worked all of the ornamental elements, even reversing the direction of the highly detailed European vessel in the top center, but retaining all of the cartographic details from the 1606 edition.
A marvelous depiction of one of earliest maps of Japan to appear in a European Atlas.
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.