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Description

Spectacular double hemisphere map of the world, published in Amsterdam.

 Shirley notes "...the informative borders on Jansson's map exemplify Dutch engraving and decorative skills of the early seventeenth century".

This is one of the most dramatic folio world maps from the Dutch "cartes-à-figures" period. The map is flanked with eight sovereigns on horseback in the upper border, ten pairs of male and female costume figures from European countries in the lower, and eighteen vignette views of cities, and with two inset Biblical scenes, and an elaborate title cartouche incorporating nine portraits, Ptolemy and eight famous mariners, including Columbus, Magellan and Drake.

This map first appeared in 1622. Following the death of his first wife, van den Keere was forced to sell many map plates. This map passed to Dirck Evertsen Lons, who reprinted it in the same year. Subsequently the plates passed to Janssonius who reprinted it in 1628 and 1632, as here. 

Condition Description
Restoration along several folds, Lower neatline and part of the printed image restored along the bottom, just entering printed image. A bit of facsimile near the S in Orbis in the title. Small area of blank margin replace.
Reference
Shirley 309.
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.