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Auction 171, Lot 679

Uncommon Jansson Edition in Full Contemporary Color

"Iaponiae Nova Descriptio", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

17.7 x 13.6 inches
45 x 34.5 cm
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This map of Japan and Korea is presented on the Ortelius/Teixeira model, which had been the standard for mapping the region since Ortelius first published Teixiera's map in 1595. The map shows Korea as an island which tapers to a point and a cluster of islands labeled Ilhas dos Ladrones (islands of thieves). A label on the island notes that it is not known if Korea is an island or a peninsula. Jodocus Hondius engraved the map initially in 1606 with the title simply Iaponia and a Korean junk sailing below Japan. Jansson made his mark on the map, which he re-engraved for his editions of the Mercator Atlas from 1636-1649, by changing the title and the ornamental features, including two decorative cartouches, two European ships, and a sea monster. Latin text on verso.

References: Hubbard #13.2; Walter #23, OAG #18; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8450:1A.2.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with light toning, soiling, and offsetting. There is a professionally repaired tear in the bottom blank margin, well away from the image.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500


Closed on 2/6/2019