"Cyprus Insula", Jansson, Jan
Period: 1647 (published)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 14.9 inches
49.8 x 37.8 cm
This superb map of the island of Cyprus is geographically based on the earlier work of Ortelius, and was first published by Blaeu in 1635. Its beautiful composition makes it one of the most desirable maps of the island. At top are two coats of arms; at center the arms of the House of the Lusignans, and at left the Turkish arms. The map is attractively arrayed with compass roses, sailing ships, and rhumb lines. The large cartouche at bottom right shows Aphrodite being drawn across the sea in a seashell chariot pulled by a pair of swans, while Cupid pierces her heart with an arrow. Latin text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8130:1B; Stylianou #116.
Contemporary color that has been partially refreshed with light toning and soiling. There are damp stains confined to the edges of the sheet and a centerfold separation at bottom that has been professionally repaired. There are a few short cracks that have been archivally repaired.