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Asia Antiqua.

Janssonium, Joannem. Hornius Georgius. "N. Visscher excudit." Ancient Asia. "Asia Antiqua Cum Finitimis Africae Et Europae Regionibus Nicolaus Blancardus Belga Leidensus, Ad Lucem Aevi Vereris Delineabat.." Amsterdam Janssonium, Joannem. c1652-60
Copper engraved map of Asia Antiqua prepared by Nicolaas Blankaart for Janssonius' "Accuratissma Orbis Antiqui Delineatio Sive Geographia vetus, sacra,& profana." the 6th volume of the "Atlas Novus." Black & white; verso blank.
Decorative title cartouche upper right; dedicatory cartouche with coat of arms to lower left ; embellished with 12 Roman coins along lower edge .
The map first appears in 1652 but as this edition is without text to verso it is difficult to accurately date from which edition it comes, however the quality of paper suggest a later edition. Good impression, on thinner laid paper, wide margins, old ink number and title to blank verso.

Johannes Janssonius (approx. 1588-1664)
came from a family of printers and publishers and learned the book printing trade at an early age. In 1612 he married the daughter of Jodocus Hondius and thus became a member of one of the most important publishing families in the Netherlands. During the 1630s he went into partnership with his brother-in-law Henricus Hondius and published more editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlases with the addition of the name Jansson. He grew their publishing house in the fields of geography and cartography and published newly compiled world, sea and city atlases, always competing with the Blaeu publishing house. His main works were the "Atlas Majoris Appendix" (1639), the six-volume "Atlas Novus" (1638 ff.) and the monumental "Atlas Major" comprising eleven volumes (1647).


Georgius Hornius 1620-1670.
Professor of History and Geography at Harderwijk and Leiden in 1653, when appeared his "Geographia vetus sacra et profana cum tabb Peutinger" which was incorporated in to the sixth volume of the" Novus Atlas"by Janssonius.
see Koeman II; Me 177B & Ja 8 . 467 by 555mm (18½ by 21¾ inches).   ref: 2555  €400

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