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Attica and Environs in Ancient times.

Janssonium, Joannem. "N. Visscher excudit." Attica and Environs. "Attica Megarica,Corinthiaca Bœotia Phocis. Locri. Ex clariss D,T Velij M.D. Delineationes" Amsterdam Janssonium, Joannem. c1652
Copper engraved map of Attica and environs by Janssonius from his "Accuratissma Orbis Antiqui Delineatio Sive Geographia vetus, sacra,& profana." the 6th volume of the "Atlas Novus." Original colour; verso blank.
The map shows Attica and surrounding areas with the isthmus of Corinth and the island of Euboa; it is the cartography of Henricus Hondius [Zacharakis 1709/1121] with Hondius name removed and the cartouche changed to lower left corner, with Janssonius' imprint to upper right.
Decorative title cartouche; sailing ships to sea. Good impression, generally bright; occasional spotting mainly to blank margins; light toning to edges and slight browning to centre fold due to guard on verso; old ink number to upper right corner.

Johannes Janssonius (approx. 1588-1664)
came from a family of printers and publishers and learned the book printing trade at an early age. In 1612 he married the daughter of Jodocus Hondius and thus became a member of one of the most important publishing families in the Netherlands. During the 1630s he went into partnership with his brother-in-law Henricus Hondius and published more editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlases with the addition of the name Jansson. He grew their publishing house in the fields of geography and cartography and published newly compiled world, sea and city atlases, always competing with the Blaeu publishing house. His main works were the "Atlas Majoris Appendix" (1639), the six-volume "Atlas Novus" (1638 ff.) and the monumental "Atlas Major" comprising eleven volumes (1647).
Zacharakis 1706/1120; Koeman II; Ja 2 & Me.164 368 by 498mm (14½ by 19½ inches).   ref: 2513  €500

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