Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius in 1632.

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Scarce Janssonius map of the Holy Roman Empire with side panels.

Very decorative and rare 'carte-à-figures' map of Germany with the surrounding countries by Johannes Janssonius. First published separately in 1616. This example is the rare second state with altered portrait and dated to 1632. Published only in two atlas editions in the Dutch and French Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius Atlas of 1633-34. In all later atlas editions, have 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.


CartographerJohannes Janssonius
TitleNova Germaniae Descriptio
Publisher, YearJohannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1616 [1632]
Plate Size41.3 x 54.6 cm (16.3 x 21.5 inches)
Sheet Size44.0 x 56.0 cm (17.3 x 22.0 inches)
ReferenceSchilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 34.2; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2000:1C.1


Somewhat browned and stained in the margins, smaller tears in the margin backed, some tears reaching into the image.


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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Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius in 1632.

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