JANSSONIOUS, JOANNES (1588-1664). "Nova Totius Livoniae accurate Descriptio."Oxford: J. Janssonius-Waesberg & Moses Pitt, 1690.
Single sheet (22 ¼ x 19 ½) Full margins showing the plate mark. (Very light foxing along margin).
An exquisite and highly sought after map of Livonia. Though this map is taken from Visscher's Atlas Minor; it is originally published by Johannes Jassonious, as marked within the title cartouche. This gives this map a highly unique factor; and all the more admirable.
The map is first introduced to us in a decorative baroque-style title cartouche. Parts of the map are elegantly hand-colored to emphasize the borders of Livonia and adjacent countries. The sea is embellished with several ships. A desirable aspect of the map is the array of fonts used for description; most notable for the East Sea.
Livonia is a historic region on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, datng back to the 12the century. It was was once the land of the Finnic Livonians inhabiting the principal ancient Livonian County Metsepole.
Joannes Janssonius, son of the Arnhem publisher Jan Janssen, settled in Amsterdam in the early 17th century in order to start his business as a bookseller and publisher of cartographic material. His success led him to become one of the great competitors against Willem Jansz and Willem Blaeu. Once he entered into a partnership with Henricus Hondius, his map production boomed and their most famous works were published. Johannes can Waesbergen was the son-in-law of Janssonious and frequently collaborated with him. After the cartographer's death in 1664, Waesbergen took over the publishing company. Moses Pitt, a London bookseller, worked with Waesbergen in an attempt to publish the Atlas in English, however he ran out of resources before the completion of the 5th volume.
The Atlas Minor is a fine and comprehensive composite atlas, and one of a series of large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers in the 17th century. Founded by Nicholas Visscher, this work is known for the high quality of engraving, exceptionally fine ornament, and accurate geographical information. No two of the Visscher atlases seem to have been identical in content, and most contain, like this one, a selection of maps by the Visschers themselves as well as other cartographers. In this case the majority of the maps are published by Visscher. In addition to the striking world map by Allard with its black background and numerous projections, and found in the "Atlas Major" from about 1705, there are maps of the continents, regional maps of Europe, ten maps of Asia, and seven maps related to America.
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