Very decorative and rare 'carte-à-figures' map of Germany with the surrounding countries by Johannes Janssonius. First published separately in 1616. Our copy is the rare second state with altered portrait and dated to 1632, which also was published separately without text on the back. Followed by only two later atlas editions in the Dutch and French Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius Atlas of 1633-34. In all later atlas editions, a variant of the map without the border panels was used, which explains the rarity of this map.
The map is surrounded on all four sides by figures, town views and coats of arms. The upper border shows a portrait of Emperor Ferdinand II, next to it the town views of Heidelberg, Metz, Cologne, Prague, Speyer and Vienna. At the bottom the views of Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Strasbourg, the Kaiser's Hof (Emperor's Court), Augsburg, Erfurt and Leipzig, in between the coats of arms of Bohemian and Austrian. To the left and right the beautiful equestrian portraits of the Emperor and the seven Electors. With a title cartouche, two sailing ships and a sea monster in the North Sea.
|Title||Nova Germaniae Descriptio|
|Publisher, Year||Johannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1616 |
|Plate Size||41.2 x 54.7 cm (16.2 x 21.5 inches)|
|Sheet Size||44.0 x 58.5 cm (17.3 x 23.0 inches)|
|Reference||Schilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 34.2; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2000:1C.1|
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