Jansson's Influential Map of the East Coast
"Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Colonial New England & Mid-Atlantic United States
Period: 1652 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre du Monde...
Color: Black & White
19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm
Jansson's influential map of the eastern coast of North America was first issued in 1636 with a less decorative title cartouche. It is derived from the less well-known 1630 map of Johannes de Laet, which is generally regarded as the source map for New England and the Northeast. It includes several very early depictions of colonial settlement including Manhattan and the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, the Nordt Rivier (Hudson) and Zuydt Rivier (Delaware), along with Massachusetts and the English colony at Plymouth. The map includes part of the Great Lakes labeled Grand Lac and Lac des Yroquois, an unnamed Lake Champlain, and a fictitious lake at the headwaters of the Delaware River. In the second state, the title was shortened, giving greater prominence to the Dutch colonies, and wildlife was added throughout the interior. It is beautifully adorned with cartouches, ships, sea monsters, and compass roses. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.
References: Burden #247; Cumming (SE) #43; McCorkle #636.2; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9310:1A.2.
A dark impression with wide margins, light printer's ink residue, and some abrasions adjacent to the centerfold. A separation that runs the length of the centerfold has been professionally repaired.