COMITATUS LANCASTRENSIS THE COUNTIE PALATINE OF LANCASTER

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Very rare and stunning map.

A rare example of the pre-atlas issue of Jansson's map of Lanashire, with the vignette of Neptune and an unfinished scale. In the 1630s the rivalry between the publishing house of Jansson and Blaeu was heating up. Both were determined to break into the English market by producing an atlas dedicated to the British Isles. Jansson had finished half-a-dozen plates, including this map, when he realised that Blaeu had introduced a new marketing ploy: armorials of the local nobility to appeal to their vanity. Jansson was quick to copy this idea, re-engraving the completed maps. In this case the title cartouche was removed and replaced by the armorials, and this exceptional vignette of Neptune in his chariot was lost to make way for the new title.

Beautiful full original colour

Excellent condition.

code : M3511

Cartographer : JANSSONIUS Johannes

Date : 1636 Amsterdam

Size : 38.5*51 cms

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Johannes Janssonius Jr. (1588-1664) was the son of the bookseller and publisher, Johannes Janssonius of Arnhem (ie. Janssonius, the elder). The elder Janssonius of Arnhem acted as co-publisher, with Cornelis Claesz, of the early editions of Hondius' "Atlas Minor".

Janssonius Jr. married Jodocus Hondius' daughter Elisabeth in 1612. From about 1633 onwards Janssonius' name and imprint started appearing on the Mercator/Hondius "Atlas ..." After 1636 the name of the "Atlas ..." was changed to "Atlas Novus "with Janssonius being responsible, in the main, for its publication.

The "Atlas Novus" was expanded by Janssonius over the years of its publication in an attempt to rival Blaeu's "Atlas Maior" for size and quality. Janssonius' "Atlas Novus" eventually comprised six volumes with a nautical atlas and an atlas of the ancient world included. The maps were relatively similar format to those of Blaeu, although a difference in style is certainly discernible.

Janssonius also issued an "Atlas Maior" of his own, again in competition with Blaeu, but this was not issued as regularly as the Blaeu version. The "Atlas Maior" comprised some ten volumes - eleven if the Cellarius celestial volume is included.