Amsterdam: Jansson, J., 1662.
Map. Engraving. Image measures 15" x 19".
Elegant map of Europe printed in 1662 showing Europe as known by ancient Greeks and Romans. Centered on the Mediterranean, the map includes parts of Northern Africa, extends east to the Aegean Sea, and to Germany and Poland in the north. Mountains are depicted pictorially; volcanoes in Sicily are depicted in flames. Cities, towns, and rivers are labeled in Latin.
Toning and repairs to margins. The map is designed by Franciscus Haraeus, a Dutch cartographer, theologian, and historian active in the early 17th century. It was published circa 1662, in the sixth volume of Jansson's Atlas Major, an eleven volume atlas widely considered their most important work.
Jan Jansson was part of an influential family of map publishers from the Netherlands throughout the 17th century and beyond. They were based in Arnhem then in Amsterdam. They were printers, publishers and booksellers. Major publications were under the joint ownership of the Jansson heirs and their printing empire.