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Holy Land, by Georg Hornius. 1652

Georg Hornius (1620 - 1670)

Georg Hornius was born at Kemrath, Germany in 1620. He travelled in Germany and England and studied at the Universities of Groningen (1638) and Leiden (1644). In 1649, he wrote a thesis on theology at Leiden, after which he became professor of History and Geography at Harderwijk and in 1653 at Leiden. He wrote numerous works on Church history and geography. He died suddenly at Leiden in 1670, just when he was ready to accept the chair of professor at the University of Heidelberg.

The Janssonius Family

Joannes Janssonius (Arnhem, 1588-1664), son of the Arnhem publisher Jan Janssen, married Elisabeth Hondius, daughter of Jodocus Hondius, in Amsterdam in 1612. After his marriage, he settled down in this town as a bookseller and publisher of cartographic material. In 1618 he established himself in Amsterdam next door to Blaeu’s book shop. He entered into serious competition with Willem Jansz. Blaeu when copying Blaeu’s Licht der Zeevaert after the expiration of the privilege in 1620. His activities not only concerned the publication of atlases and books, but also of single maps and an extensive book trade with branches in Frankfurt, Danzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Koningsbergen, Geneva, and Lyon. In 1631 he began publishing atlases together with Henricus Hondius.

In the early 1640s Henricus Hondius left the atlas publishing business completely to Janssonius. Competition with Joan Blaeu, Willem’s son and successor, in atlas production prompted Janssonius to enlarge his Atlas Novus finally into a work of six volumes, into which a sea atlas and an atlas of the Old World were inserted. Other atlases published by Janssonius are Mercator’s Atlas Minor, Hornius’s historical atlas (1652), the townbooks in eight volumes (1657), Cellarius’s Atlas Coelestis and several sea atlases and pilot guides.

After the death of Joannes Janssonius, the shop and publishing firm were continued by the heirs under the direction of Johannes van Waesbergen (c. 1616-1681), son-in-law of Joannes. Van Waesbergen added the name of Janssonius to his own.

In 1676, Joannes Janssonius’s heirs sold by auction “all the remaining Atlases in Latin, French, High and Low German, as well as the Stedeboecken in Latin, in 8 volumes, bound and unbound, maps, plates belonging to the Atlas and Stedeboecken.” The copperplates from Janssonius’s atlases were afterwards sold to Schenk and Valck.

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Item Number:  27703  new
Category:  Antique maps > Asia > Holy Land
References: Van der Krogt 1 - 8150:1D/1-6; Laor - 343-349

Old, antique wall map of the Holy Land, by Georg Hornius.

Wall map printed from 8 plates.

Oriented to the southeast.

Cartographer: C. Adrichomius

Date of the first edition: 1652
Date of this map: 1652

Copper engraving, printed on 7 sheets (one sheet with two smaller plates).
Size when joined (not including margins): 84 x 177cm (32.8 x 69 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Unjoined, uncoloured.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 1, 8150:1D/1-6; Laor, 343-349.

From: Hornius G. Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio. Amsterdam, J. Janssonius, 1652. (Van der Krogt 1:601)

Georg Hornius (1620 - 1670)

Georg Hornius was born at Kemrath, Germany in 1620. He travelled in Germany and England and studied at the Universities of Groningen (1638) and Leiden (1644). In 1649, he wrote a thesis on theology at Leiden, after which he became professor of History and Geography at Harderwijk and in 1653 at Leiden. He wrote numerous works on Church history and geography. He died suddenly at Leiden in 1670, just when he was ready to accept the chair of professor at the University of Heidelberg.

The Janssonius Family

Joannes Janssonius (Arnhem, 1588-1664), son of the Arnhem publisher Jan Janssen, married Elisabeth Hondius, daughter of Jodocus Hondius, in Amsterdam in 1612. After his marriage, he settled down in this town as a bookseller and publisher of cartographic material. In 1618 he established himself in Amsterdam next door to Blaeu’s book shop. He entered into serious competition with Willem Jansz. Blaeu when copying Blaeu’s Licht der Zeevaert after the expiration of the privilege in 1620. His activities not only concerned the publication of atlases and books, but also of single maps and an extensive book trade with branches in Frankfurt, Danzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Koningsbergen, Geneva, and Lyon. In 1631 he began publishing atlases together with Henricus Hondius.

In the early 1640s Henricus Hondius left the atlas publishing business completely to Janssonius. Competition with Joan Blaeu, Willem’s son and successor, in atlas production prompted Janssonius to enlarge his Atlas Novus finally into a work of six volumes, into which a sea atlas and an atlas of the Old World were inserted. Other atlases published by Janssonius are Mercator’s Atlas Minor, Hornius’s historical atlas (1652), the townbooks in eight volumes (1657), Cellarius’s Atlas Coelestis and several sea atlases and pilot guides.

After the death of Joannes Janssonius, the shop and publishing firm were continued by the heirs under the direction of Johannes van Waesbergen (c. 1616-1681), son-in-law of Joannes. Van Waesbergen added the name of Janssonius to his own.

In 1676, Joannes Janssonius’s heirs sold by auction “all the remaining Atlases in Latin, French, High and Low German, as well as the Stedeboecken in Latin, in 8 volumes, bound and unbound, maps, plates belonging to the Atlas and Stedeboecken.” The copperplates from Janssonius’s atlases were afterwards sold to Schenk and Valck.

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