Superb example of Jansson's scarce map of Sicily.

Jansson's map is t one of the most attractive of all 17th Century maps of Sicily.

Two decorative cartouches, large coat of arms, 4 sailing ships, sea monster, and 2 compass roses.

This example is uncoloured as issued and printed on unusually thick fine paper, with wide uniform margins.

Latin text on the verso.

Excellent condition.

References: Van der Krogt 7510:1B.

code : M4357

Cartographer : JANSSONIUS Johannes

Date : 1660c Amsterdam

Size : 40*50.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £685

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Johannes Janssonius Jr. (1588-1664) was the son of the bookseller and publisher, Johannes Janssonius of Arnhem (ie. Janssonius, the elder). The elder Janssonius of Arnhem acted as co-publisher, with Cornelis Claesz, of the early editions of Hondius' "Atlas Minor".

Janssonius Jr. married Jodocus Hondius' 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.