1662 Jansson Map of Ancient Gaul

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1662 Jansson Map of Ancient Gaul


France during the Roman Era.


Galliae Veteris Typus.
  1636 (undated)     15.5 x 19.25 in (39.37 x 48.895 cm)     1 : 3000000


This is a beautiful example of Jan Jansson's map of France, known as Gaul during the Roman era. It is derived from Abraham Ortelius' map of the same title. The map thus combines the late sixteenth century mapping of France's physical geography with classical toponymy, drawn from the first century writing of the historian Strabo, supplemented by the work of Pliny, Virgil, Caesar, and others. Ortelius, a historian as well as a mapmaker, had included the map in his Parergon, the historical supplement to his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Jansson, with an eye for quality, was faithful to his source, including not only the place names but Ortelius' copious historical notations.
Publication History and Census
This map was engraved by Johannes Jansson for inclusion in his 1636 Atlas Novus. The present example's pagination corresponds with the 1662 French edition of the Nouvel Atlas. Fourteen examples of the separate map are cataloged in OCLC in various editions.


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 Johannes Waesberger. Waesberger adopted the name of Jansonius and published a new Atlas Contractus in two volumes with Jansson's other son-in-law Elizée Weyerstraet with the imprint 'Joannis Janssonii haeredes' in 1666. These maps also refer to the firm of Janssonius-Waesbergius. The name of Moses Pitt, an English map publisher, was added to the Janssonius-Waesbergius imprint for maps printed in England for use in Pitt's English Atlas. Learn More...

Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was one of the most important figures in the history of cartography and is most famously credited with the compilation of the seminal 1570 atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, generally considered to be the world's first modern atlas. Ortelius was born in Antwerp and began his cartographic career in 1547 as a typesetter for the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke. In this role Ortelius traveled extensively through Europe where he came into contact with Mercator, under whose influence, he marketed himself as a "scientific geographer". In this course of his long career he published numerous important maps as well as issued several updated editions of his cardinal work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Late in his career Ortelius was appointed Royal Cartographer to King Phillip II of Spain. On his death in July fourth, 1598, Ortelius' body was buried in St Michael's Præmonstratensian Abbey , Antwerp, where his tombstone reads, Quietis cultor sine lite, uxore, prole. Learn More...


Jansson, J., Nouvel Atlas (Amsterdam), 1662.    


Very good. Reinforced marginal split at upper centerfold just touching border. Original color refreshed.


Van der Krogt, P. C. J., Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, Volume 1, 4000H 1B.2.