PCT-57996

Thuringiae Nova Descriptio - Janssonius (c.1650)

  • Technic: Copperplate engraving / etching partly coloured on hand laid paper.
  • Condition: Fair, given age. Paper separation upper and lower middle fold; repaired. A few spots. Top edge remargined (for framing). Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1650
  • Overall size: 54.1 x 42.9 cm
  • Image size: 48 x 37.3 cm
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Description: Antique print, titled: 'Thuringiae Nova Descriptio.' - Detailed map of Thuringia, Germany by J. Janssonius. With one cartouche, coat-of-arms and a mileage scale. With Erfurt in the centre. German text on verso. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Johannes Janssonius' after an anonymous artist. Johannes Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson was born 1588 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 in 1664, his heirs still have published several maps. Many of his plates have been acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valk.