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"Nova Barbariae Descriptio", a 17th Century Hand-Colored Map of North Africa

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This original attractive 17th century hand-colored map of North Africa entitled "Nova Barbariae Descriptio" by Johannes Janssonius was published in Paris in 1635. It includes the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent countries in southern Europe, including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Asia Minor. The map is embellished by many African land animals, including elephants, lions, monkeys, ostriches, camels, goats, a crocodile and a dragon. A sailing ship and a compass rose lie within the Mediterranean. The detailed coastline of Barbaria (North Africa) in addition to numerous towns, includes many prominent cities, such as Algiers and Oran in present day Algeria, Alexandria and the Nile delta in Egypt. There is Latin text on the verso. The map is presented in a green mat, which pairs well with the colors of the map. The mat measures 29" x 22.38" and the map sheet measures 23.75" x 20.25". There is a central fold, as issued. The map is in excellent condition. Johannes Janssonius, also known as Jan Jansson, was born 1588 in Arnhem, Netherlands. He grew up in the book business. He married the daughter of the famous Dutch cartographer Jodocus Hondius and became a book publisher in Amsterdam. He later went into the book and map publishing business with his brother-in-law Henricus Hondius. In addition to their own maps, they published several editions of the famous Mercator/Hondius atlas. Jansson was responsible for expanding their company, publishing several world and city atlases in competition with the Blaeu publishing family, also in Amsterdam. Jansson's most prominent works include the "Atlas Novus" (1638), the "Atlas Majoris Appendix" (1639) and his huge eleven volume "Atlas Major" (1647).

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.38 in. (56.85 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Depth: 0.13 in. (3.31 mm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EngravedPaper
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    1635
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Alamo, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: # 36401stDibs: LU5206220482882

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