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Auction 118, Lot 581

"Nova Totius Livoniae accurata Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Baltic - Estonia and Lavia

Period: 1653 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

Superb map of Estonia and Latvia providing good information on the rivers, forests, lakes, islands and cities. A large title cartouche, sailing ships, a sea monster and wonderful calligraphy decorate the map. Jan Jansson (1596-1664) was a Dutch cartographer and the son-in-law of Jodocus Hondius. A globe maker, he published an edition of Ptolemy's works in 1617, and he and his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, published the Novus Atlas in 1637. At Henricus Hondius' death in 1657, he inherited the Hondius publishing firm. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: B

Crisp, dark impression, original coloring that is a little faded. On a full sheet of fine hand laid paper with wide, original margins. Light, scattered foxing and a long separation on centerfold at bottom.

Estimate: $425 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/6/2007