Nice example Jansson's map of Yorkshire, published in Amsterdam at the end of the 17th-century.
The map centers on York and shows a large swath of northeastern England in fine detail.
The map includes extensive information, with cities, towns, roads, rivers, enclosures, forests, and much more all shown. The map includes two decorative cartouches, a number of sailing ships, and a sea monster. Cities shown on the map include York, Hull, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, and Sheffield. To the west of the map are the imposing mountains of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. Some hills are particularly overexaggerated in their stature, which further adds to the allure of the map.
The map draws its geographical sourcing from the John Speed map of the same region.
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.