BGJC-369

Antique Map of Java by Janssonius (c.1650)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Original/contemporary hand coloring. Small repair on folding line, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1650
  • Overall size: 61.5 x 54 cm.
  • Image size: 51 x 41 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'Insulae Iavae cum parte insularum Boreno Sumatrae (..)'. Beautiful map of the island of Java and part of Borneo, Bali, Madura and Sumatra. With decorative cartouches featuring natives and Chinese merchants flanking the title and Neptune and mermaids surrounding the scale of miles. 

Artists and Engravers: 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.