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Old antique map of America by J. Janssonius.

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America Noviter Delineata. Auct. Judoco Hondio. - J. Janssonius, c. 1632.


Old, map of America by J. Janssonius.

Cartographer: J. Hondius

Date of the first edition: 1623 (= State 1, only 1 known example).
Date of this map: c. 1632 (See Schilder 6, 18/4)

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 41 x 55.5cm (16 x 21.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: New right margin with small reinstatement of lower right corner, some small repairs in margins.
Condition Rating: B
References: Burden, 207 State 3; Schilder 6, 18/4; Van der Krogt 1, 9000:1C.2.

Fourth state, without bottom border.
Separate publication. No text on the reverse.

In 1623 J. Janssonius produced a set of continental maps derived from those of his brother-in-law Jodocus Hondius in 1618-19. Of these, Africa and Asia bear the date 1623, and a legend at the top of the America one states: 'Huc usque processerunt Amstelodamenses. A°.1622'. This very rare map is most easily distinguished by the chipped top right hand corner of the plate that appears in virtually all known examples.The figures bordering the sides have been reversed, and curiously the lower corner town plans have been transposed. The cartouche also bears the addition of two skulls. Geographically the map is identical to that of Hondius, with the notable exception of a new and more correct depiction of Tierra del Fuego, and the islands discovered by le Maire and Schouten in the Pacific.

In 1630 both Blaeu and Janssonius published an Appendix to the work of Mercator. This marked the beginning of a great period of competitive Dutch atlas production. Only four known examples of Janssonius' atlas survive; they contain this map in its second state. It was included again inthe 1631 edition, which is known by only one example. Koeman states that the continental maps were not used again. However, he goes on to list them in later Dutch and French editions where the lower border of views has been removed. This made it easier fit into the atlas. The Asian map bears the date 1632, indicating the probable year of alteration. (Burden)

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