C1650
 (1741)

Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti Typus Geographicus.

Mapmaker:

Joannes Jansson (1588 - 1664)

State 2 of Jansson’s famous map of the ancient world based on Ortelius’s earlier map, with updated information. Superbly decorated with two cherubs holding the title banner and another pair holding a crest.  A classic map of the ancient world … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti Typus Geographicus.

Date:

C1650
 (1741)

Mapmaker:

Joannes Jansson (1588 - 1664)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 405mm
AUTHENTICITY
Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti Typus Geographicus. - Antique Print from 1650

Genuine antique
dated:

1741

Description:

State 2 of Jansson’s famous map of the ancient world based on Ortelius’s earlier map, with updated information. Superbly decorated with two cherubs holding the title banner and another pair holding a crest. 

A classic map of the ancient world showing Europe, Asia, and Africa, extending south to Madagascar. The map is superbly decorated with ships, sea creature, an ornate title in a strapwork panel at top held by two cherubs. An elaborate dedication cartouche at the bottom with a dedication and ornate coat of arms. 

This is the uncommon second state in which the lower dedication cartouche, which is left blank in the earlier state, is now beautifully completed with an added superb crest held by two cherubs .

From Pieter de Hondt’s Description Exacte de l’Univers, ou l’Ancienne Geographie Sacree et Profane, a French edition of Georgius Hornius’ Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio, which included maps from Jansson’s historical atlas and Ortelius’s Parergon.


Biography:

Joannes Jansson (1588-1664)

Janssonius was born in Arnhem, the son of Jan Janszoon the Elder, a publisher and bookseller. In 1612 he married Elisabeth de Hondt, the daughter of Jodocus Hondius. He produced his first map in 1616 and by 1623 he owned a bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, later also in Danzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Königsberg, Geneva and Lyon. Elisabeth Hondius died in 1627 and he remarried Elisabeth Carlier in 1629. In the 1630s he formed a partnership with his brother in law Henricus Hondius.

By 1660, at which point the atlas bore the appropriate name “Atlas Major”, there were 11 volumes, containing the work of about a hundred credited authors and engravers. It included a description of “most of the cities of the world” (Town atlas), Maritime (Atlas Maritimus in 33 maps), and of those of the Ancient World (60 maps). The eleventh volume was the Atlas of the Heavens by Andreas Cellarius.

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