BG-12082-4

Antique Map of the Coast of Artois by Janssonius (1657)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor foxing, some creasing and a split on the folding line. Latin text on verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1657
  • Overall size: 60 x 50 cm.
  • Image size: 52 x 38 cm.
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Description: Antique map of France titled 'Descriptio Boloniae, Pontieu'. Detailed map of the coast of Artois featuring the fortified cities of St. Valery-sur-Somme, Le Crotoy, Rue, Estaples, and Boulogne-sur-Mer and extending inland to include Arras and Lens. This map originates from 'Atlas Novus, Sive Theatrum Orbis Orbis Terrarum: In quo Galliae, Helvetiae (..)' by J. Janssonius (1656-1657). 

Artists and Engravers: Johannes Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson (1588-1664) was born in Arnhem, Netherlands. His father was a bookseller and publisher (Jan Janszoon the Elder). When he married the daughter of the cartographer Jodocus Hondius he also set up a business as book publisher in Amsterdam. His first map was published in 1616. Around 15 years later he set up a partnership with his brother in law Hondius add issued further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. After his death his heirs still have published several maps. Many of his plates have been acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valk.