[Title-Page] Atlantis Majoris Sive Cosmographiae Universalis ...
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Johannes Janssonius Jr. (1588-1664), was the son of Johannes Janssonius (the elder) of Arnhem who was co-publisher, with Cornelis Claesz, of the early editions of Hondius' "Atlas Minor". Janssonius Jr. settled in Amsterdam and further strengthened his family links with the Hondius family when he married Jodocus' daughter Elisabeth in 1612. From about 1633 onwards Janssonius' name and imprint started appearing on the Mercator/Hondius "Atlas ...". After 1636 the name of the "Atlas" was changed to "Atlas Novus" with Janssonius being responsible, in the main, for its publication. The "Atlas Novus" was expanded by Janssonius over the years of its publication in an attempt to rival Blaeu's "Atlas Maior" for size and quality. Janssonius' "Atlas Novus" eventually comprised six volumes with a nautical atlas and an atlas of the ancient world included. The maps were relatively similar format to those of Blaeu, although a difference in style is certainly discernible. Janssonius also issued an "Atlas Maior" of his own, again in competition with Blaeu, but this was not issued as regularly as the Blaeu version. The "Atlas Maior" comprised some ten volumes - eleven if the Cellarius celestial volume is included. This title page is from Volume 6 and comprises an architectural facade surmounted by cartographers examining celestial and terrestrial globes and an armillary sphere. The title panel is flanked by costumed figures representing the continents.
region: Title Pages
mapmaker: J. Jansson
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1658
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colourref: 40285
size in mm: 415 by 250mm (16.25 by 9.75 inches).
literature: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol I 1:406.5
Price: £ 550£ 330
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