Auction 129, Lot 695

"Argonautica", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea

Period: 1653 (published)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.8 inches
50.8 x 37.6 cm

This decorative map illustrates the geography of the Golden Fleece legend, covering from Italy to the Black Sea. The Argonautica is a Greek epic poem that tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the fleece from the mythical land of Colchis. The map is based on Ortelius' map of the same title. Insets in three corners show Europe, Thessaly (home of the Argonauts), and Hellespont and Propontis (the waterway connecting the Aegean and Black Seas). Beautifully engraved and embellished by Petrus Kaerius -- at the age of 74 -- is noted at lower left.


Condition: B+

Nice impression and original color. There is some minor uneven toning in the map and faint damp stains in the wide original margins, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $600 - $800


Closed on 9/23/2009