Sinus Gangeticus, Vulgo Golfo De Bengala Nova descriptio.

Johannes Janssonius (*1588 - 1664)
Old coloured sea chart of the Gulf of Bengal. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius in 1650.

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Rare and very decorative, old coloured sea chart of the Bay of Bengal by J. Janssonius. Shows the north-eastern part of the Indian Ocean with Sri Lanka, the east coast of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the west coast of Thailand and the northern tip of Sumatra. With north facing to the right. Decorated with rhumb lines, two compass roses, sailing ships, a title cartouche and a mileage scale.

From the first real sea atlas, known as the Atlas Maritimus. This map comes from the German edition Das Fünffte Theil Des Grossen Atlantis, Welches begreiffet Die Wasser-Welt, Das ist: Eine sehr kunstreiche Abbildung und Beschreibung aller Wasser und Meeren... by Johannes Janssonius (J. Jansson), published as the fifth volume of his Atlas Novus in Amsterdam in 1650.


CartographerJohannes Janssonius
TitleSinus Gangeticus, Vulgo Golfo De Bengala Nova descriptio.
Publisher, YearJohannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1650
Plate Size47.3 x 54.5 cm (18.6 x 21.5 inches)
Sheet Size50.0 x 58.5 cm (19.7 x 23.0 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 0530:1


Small tears in lower centrefold within the margin. Very good conditions with striking old colours.


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 sea chart of the Gulf of Bengal. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius in 1650.

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