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Highly decorative mid-17th century map of Africa

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1646
Title: Africae Nova Tabula
50.8 x 38.1 cm (20 x 15 in)
Hand color
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Janssonius’s richly decorated map of Africa published by Henricus Hondius in his folio atlas of the 1640s. Here in its fifth state with Latin text on the verso.


Henricus Hondius

Jan Janssonius

Johannes Janssonius (1588 – 1664; born Jan Janszoon, in English also Jan Jansson) was a Dutch cartographer and publisher who lived and worked in Amsterdam in the 17th century.

Janssonius was born in Arnhem, the son of Jan Janszoon the Elder, a publisher and bookseller. In 1612 he married Elisabeth de Hondt, the daughter of Jodocus Hondius. He produced his first maps in 1616 of France and Italy.

In the 1630s he formed a partnership with his brother in law Henricus Hondius, and together they published atlases as Mercator/Hondius/Janssonius. Under the leadership of Janssonius the Hondius Atlas was steadily enlarged.

After Janssonius’s death, the publishing company was continued by his son-in law, Johannes van Waesbergen. The London bookseller Moses Pitt attempted publication of the Atlas Major in English, but ran out of resources after the fourth volume in 1683.

Condition Description

Some toned areas, remnants of old stains in lower margin, otherwise a fresh example; remnants of hanging tape on the verso.


Betz #58. Norwich #29 & #34. Tooley, pp 53-54.

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