Auction 170, Lot 596

"Aeneae Troiani Navigatio ad Virgilij Sex Priores Aeneidos", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean

Period: 1741 (published)

Publication: Description Exacte de l'Univers, ou l'Ancienne Geographie Sacree et Profane

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 15.4 inches
48.5 x 39.1 cm

This historical map of the Eastern Mediterranean illustrates the journey of Aeneas, a legendary hero in both Greek and Roman mythology. Aeneas was a defender of Troy who led the survivors of the Trojan War to Italy, wandering the seas for seven years and enduring many adventures and hardships. According to Roman versions of the myth, Aeneas and his followers founded Rome, and he became its first great hero and legendary father. The map is illustrated with sailing ships, including a scene of the fleet caught in a fierce storm. At upper right is a large inset map centered on Greece, titled Ulyssis Errores that illustrates the Wanderings of Odysseus. Blank verso, published in Pieter de Hondt's Description Exacte de l'Univers, ou l'Ancienne Geographie Sacree et Profane, a French edition of Georgius Hornius' Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio, which included maps from Johannes Jansson's historical atlas and Abraham Ortelius' Parergon.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0311H:1.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean sheet with wide margins, one small rust stain south of Greece, and minor toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/14/2018