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Cinquiesme Partie du Grand Atlas, contenant une parfaicte Description du Monde Maritime ou Hydrographie Generale de toute la Terre, enrichie des particularités de la Navigation tant ancienne que modern, avec un excellent & curieux Tableau du Monde des Anciens...
Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1657 Two parts in one volume, large folio (520x330 mm). [2: engraved title page and note 'Au Lecteur'], 1-166 pp., 167-200 coll., 201-294 pp.; 209, [3: 'Tableau des tables hydrographiques'] pp. With overall 33 full-sheet maps (3 of which inserted as plates) engraved by Jan Jansson, Peter Kaerius, Johannes Laurenberg, and others, including an anemometric table ('Tabula anemographica'), 22 "modern" maps and charts, and 10 "old" maps of the ancient world. Signatures: [π]2 A-N2 O1 P2 Q1 R-V2 X1 Y-Z2 Aa-Ff2 Gg1 Hh-Kk2 Ll1 Mm-Yy2 Zz1 Aaa-Fff2 Ggg-Nnn1 Ooo&Ppp1 Qqq-Ttt2 Vvv1 Xxx-Zzz2 Aaaa-Ffff2 Gggg1 Hhhh-Iiii2 Kkkk1 Llll-Vvw2; a-x2 y1 z2 aa-ff2 gg1 hh-zz2 aaa-iii2 kkk1 lll-nnn2 [χ]1. The engraved historiated title-page frame and the anemometric table finely coloured by a contemporary hand (the title border also heightened with gold); the maps hand-coloured in outline with their cartouches and other decorative elements fully hand-coloured. Text in Roman and italic types printed in double column. 15 woodcut arabesque tailpieces, 32 eight- to eleven-line floriated woodcut initials. Contemporary editor's stiff vellum with overlapping edges, flat spine with gilt decorations and morocco lettering piece, panels decorated with four corner pieces and a large rhomboidal center piece within a double frame, all in gilt, green silk bookmark, gilt edges, lacking the silk ties and the back flyleaf, small bottom portion of the spine repaired, panels slightly soiled with some insignificant stains and a small hole, all in all very well preserved. On the front pastedown is the manuscript note: "no. 16906". Some scattered browning and foxing, lower margin of a few leaves anciently reinforced, a very fine and genuine copy with wide margins.The present maritime atlas, often referred to as 'Waterwereld (Waterworld), was first published in 1650 as the fifth volume of Jansson's "Atlas Novus". Although preceded by several pilot guides and by Robert Dudley's Arcano del Mare, Jansson's Monde Maritime is considered as the "first sea atlas (in the real sense of the word)... [consisting of] a collection of charts in folio size, to serve as an atlas for general purposes" (Koeman). The volume also includes the 'Atlas Antiquus', which contains ten historical maps of the ancient world, in particular of the Mediterranean and Greece.Jan Jansson, also known as Johannes Janssonius, was a Dutch cartographer and publisher mainly active in Amsterdam during the first half of 17th century. The son of a publisher and a bookseller, in 1612 he married Elisabeth de Hondt, the daughter of the famous cartographer Jodocus Hondius. Jansson started his activity in 1616 with a map of France and Italy. He rapidly expanded his business and, at the peak of his career, owned bookstores in Frankfurt am Main, Danzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Königsberg, Geneva, and Lyons. In the 1630s, despite the death of his wife, Jansson formed a partnership with his brother-in-law Henricus Hondius. Jointly they published several augmented and renewed editions of Mercator's atlas, following in the footsteps of Jodocus, who had acquired Mercator's maps at the beginning of the century. Under the leadership of Janssonius, the Mercator/Hondius atlas was renamed "Atlas Novus". The 1638 edition was issued in three volumes, one entirely dedicated to Italy. In 1646, a fourth volume came out with the maps of the British Isles. By 1660 the atlas, now called "Atlas Major", comprised 11 volumes, including a town atlas, a maritime atlas, and a star atlas by Andreas Cellarius. Editions appeared in Dutch, Latin, French, and German. Jansson was often accused of copying the maps of his rival Willem Blaeu, but many of his maps predate those of Blaeu and occasionally cover different regions. After his death, the publishing company was carried on by his son-in-law, Johannes van Waesbergen.Koeman Me 173A.
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