Old coloured map of Japan - Korea. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Janssonius in 1639.

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Early Map of Japan with Korea as an Island.

Old coloured antique map of Japan and Korea by J. Janssonius after Mercator-Hondius. In the west the coastline of China, Korea is shown as an island. First published in 1636, this example comes from the French edition of the Atlas Novus, published 1639-49.

Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche, two Dutch sailing ships, a mileage scale and a sea monster.


CartographerJohannes Janssonius
TitleIaponiae Nova Descriptio
Publisher, YearJ. Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1639-49
Plate Size34.5 x 44.5 cm (13.6 x 17.5 inches)
Sheet Size45.2 x 58.3 cm (17.8 x 23.0 inches)
ReferenceWalter, L.: Japan, a Cartographic Vision: European Printed Maps from the Early 16th-19th Century, No. 23; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8450:1A.2


Small tear in upper margin backed, library stamp on verso. Very good condition with beautiful old colouring.


Johannes Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson was born 1588 in Arnhem, Netherlands. His father was a bookseller and publisher (Jan Janszoon the Elder). When he married the daughter of the cartographer Jodocus Hondius he also set up a business as book publisher in Amsterdam. His first map was published in 1616. Around 15 years later he set up a partnership with his brother in law Hondius add issued further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. After his death in 1664, his heirs still have published several maps. Many of his plates have been acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valk.

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Old coloured map of Japan - Korea. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Janssonius in 1639.

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