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JOHANNES JANSSONIUS, Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan, c. 1640

JOHANNES JANSSONIUS, Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan, c. 1640

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Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan
Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius, c. 1640
Copperplate engraving with original hand-color
Paper size: 19" x 22 1/4"

Decorative map of Columbia, part of Ecuador extending south to Esmereldas, and Venezuela extending east nearly to Caracas. Includes 2 large compass roses, and two large cartouches.

Provides excellent view of mid 17th Century Columbia, including the course of the Magdalena River and its major tributaries.

Rare English language edition, published in 1636


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.

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