1644 Jansson Map of Alsace (Basel and Strasbourg)
Description: A beautiful example of Jansson's 1644 map of upper Alsace, France. Oriented to the west, this map covers the Rhine valley from Basel to Strasbourg. Shows numerous towns, villages, forests, and river tributaries. Topography and major cities are shown in profile. Alsace is known for its fine white wines and along with Austria and Germany, this region produces the world's most desirable dry Rieslings. Published in Amsterdam by Jan Jansson for the 1644 edition of Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre du Mondre.
Date: 1644 (undated)
Source: Jansson, J., Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre du Mondre, 1644.
Cartographer: Jan Jansson or Johannes Janssonius (1588 - 1664) was born in Arnhem, Holland. He was the son of a printer and bookseller and in 1612 married into the cartographically prominent Hondius family. Following his marriage he moved to Amsterdam where he worked as a book publisher. It was not until 1616 that Jansson produced his first maps, most of which were heavily influenced by Blaeu. In the mid 1630s Jansson partnered with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, to produce his important work, the eleven volume Atlas Major. About this time, Jansson's name also begins to appear on Hondius reissues of notable Mercator/Hondius atlases. Jansson's last major work was his issue of the 1646 full edition of Jansson's English Country Maps. Following Jansson's death in 1664 the company was taken over by Jansson's brother-in-law Waesberg. Click here for a list of rare maps from Jan Jansson or Johannes Janssonius.
Size: Printed area measures 19 x 15 inches (48.26 x 38.1 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Some minor verso repair along the centerfold, else clean.
Code: AlsatiaSuperior-jansson-1644 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)