First state published in Janssonius’ ‘Atlas Minor’ in 1648
By JANSSONIUS, Johannes, 1648
Iaponia et Terra Eso.
- Author: JANSSONIUS, Johannes
- Publication place: [Amsterdam
- Publisher: Johannes Janssonius
- Publication date: 1648].
- Physical description: Engraved map with original outline hand colour, Dutch text on verso.
- Dimensions: 183 by 221mm. (7.25 by 8.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15917
Based primarily on Willem Blaeu’s depiction of Japan on his map of China ‘China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta’ and incorporating the incomplete information on Hokkaido (or ”t Lant van Eso’) gathered by Maerten de Vries’ expedition of 1643. The map differs considerably from Dudley’s chart of 1647, also based on Blaeu, in that the island of Hokkaido is shown unconnected to the Chinese mainland, but with an incomplete western coastline. The depictions of ‘Staten Eyl’ and ‘Compagnies Landt’ are new.
Johannes Janssonius (1588–1664), was the son of a printer, publisher and bookseller from Arnhem with the same name. In 1612 he married Elizabeth Hondius, daughter of Jodocus Hondius I, and in the same year set up his own publishing house in Amsterdam. When Jodocus I died that same year he began helping Hondius’ widow with the continued publication of the Mercator — Hondius atlas. Both Hondius’ widow, Colette, as well as Hondius’ eldest son, Jodocus II, died in 1629; Janssonius therefore joined forces with Hondius’ younger son, Henricus, to revise the Mercator-Hondius atlas, the ‘Atlus Novus’, from 1638.
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