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Auction 189, Lot 600

Uncommon Jansson Edition

"Iaponiae Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1639 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.6 x 13.5 inches
44.7 x 34.3 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. French text on verso, published between 1639-49.

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

Condition: A

A nice impression on a sturdy, wide-margined sheet with professional repairs to centerfold separations at top and bottom and a few small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400


Closed on 9/14/2022