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- Published: Amsterdam
- Published date: 1658
- Technique: Copper engraving / later hand color
- Type: map
- Issue date: 1658-60
- Category: Aeneae a mythical hero of Troy and Rome
- Size: 40 x 49,6 cm (15.75 x 19,5 inches).
- Bibliography: Koeman I
- Stock number: 33082
- Condition: In excellent condition.
Original antique copper engraving, hand colored, verso blanc. A highly decorative map, which is ornated with a large decorative title cartouche at the upper centre. Equipped with an inset map in the upper right corner. Cartographical sources of this map: Aenaeas is reported to have roamed the seas for seven years, as described in the writings of Xenophon, Ovidius, Lycrophonous, but most extensively by Virgilius in his Aenaeas. In the course of these wanderings, only seven of the original twenty ships remainded, as may be seen on this map in the lower left part of the sea (Broe. 223). The map is ornated with three decorative renaissance cartouches, at the top in the centre the title cartouche, on the upper right a cartouche with a text dedication to Balthasar Robiano, underneath with the,privilegium' with date,1594' and at the bottom a cartouche with text from Vergil's Aenaeas. Johannes Janssonius (1588, Arnhem – buried July 11, 1664, Amsterdam) (born Jan Janszoon, in English also Jan Jansson) was a Dutch cartographer and publisher who lived and worked in Amsterdam in the 17th century. 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 maps in 1616 of France and Italy. In 1623 Janssonius 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, and together they published atlases as Mercator/Hondius/Janssonius. Under the leadership of Janssonius the Hondius Atlas was steadily enlarged. Renamed Atlas Novus, it had three volumes in 1638, one fully dedicated to Italy. In 1646, a fourth volume came out with "English County Maps", a year after a similar issue by Joan Blaeu. Janssonius' maps are similar to those of Blaeu, and he is often accused of copying from his rival, but many of his maps predate those of Blaeu and/or covered different regions. 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" (Townatlas), of the waterworld (Atlas Maritimus in 33 maps), and of the Ancient World (60 maps). The eleventh volume was the Atlas of the Heavens by Andreas Cellarius. Editions were printed in Dutch, Latin, French, and a few times in German. After Janssonius's death, the publishing company was continued by his son-in law, Johannes van Waesbergen. The London bookseller Moses Pitt attempted publication of the Atlas Major in English, but ran out of resources after the fourth volume in 1683. (Wikipedia)