Jansson, Jan (1588 – 1664)  Indiae Orientalis/ Nova Descriptio

Amsterdam c1640

copper engraved map; 39 x 50 cm ; exc. cond.

Beautifully decorated map of the East Indies with a nice large cartouche, vignette, scales and 2 windroses.

This is one of Jansson’s historically most important maps, first published in 1630, being the first map to show evidence of the route taken by the ?Duyfken?, the ship that discovered Australia. The Dutch East India Company had placed a secrecy order on Blaeu, their official cartographer. It is assumed that Jansson either had access to the original map used by the ?Duyfken? or the Hessel Gerritz? map of the Pacific. Beneath New Guinea ‘Duyfkens Eyland’ is marked.

Jansson belonged to the influential map publishing Dutch family, publishing first in Arnhem, then later in Amsterdam. In 1612, he married the daughter of Jodocus Hondius and Colette van den Keere as well as starting up his own business in Amsterdam where he published atlases, maps and globes. In the same year, his father-in-law died and he assisted his widowed mother-in-law with the publication of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. After her and her son?s, Jodocus the Younger, death, Jansson together with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, revised the atlas which, from 1638 onwards, became known as ?Atlas Novus? and was published in several languages over many years. From the early 1640s, Jansson continued on his own to expand the ?Atlas? which then became known as ?Atlas Maior? with editions in Dutch, French, Latin, German ad English.

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