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Name Janssonius, Johannes
Other names Joannes Janssonius
Joannem Janssonium
Jan Jansson
Jan Janszoon (the Younger)
Life Dates 1588-1664
Born: Arnhem
Died: Amsterdam
Nationality Dutch
Occupation cartographer
Notes Janssonius was a cartographer and publisher active in Amsterdam in the 17th century. He married the daughter of mapmaker Jodocus Hondius in 1612 and formed an atlas publishing partnership with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, in the 1630s. The Hondius Atlas was enlarged and renamed the Atlas Novus under Janssonius' direction. By 1660, a few years before his death, the atlas (then retitled Atlas Major), had eleven volumes and contained descriptions of many of the world's major cities and included maps of waterways and the ancient world.
Role Cartographer

Associated Records

Image of Map Collection - 2014.21.31

Map Collection - 2014.21.31

"Insulae Balearides et Pytiusae," Amsterdam, c. 1645, map by Johannes Janssonius, engraved by Evert Simonsz Hamersveldt Lower left (in plate): Joannes Janssonius Excudit Lower center right (in plate): E. Symons Hamersveldt Sculpsit. Map of the islands of Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza, including the coasts of Catalonia and Valencia. Two sea monsters (center left), three ships (bottom right), two compasses with radiating lines (middle left and bottom right), two coats of arms (top left and right). Text page on reverse.

Image of Map Collection - 2016.9.3

Map Collection - 2016.9.3

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta," 1636, hand-colored engraving, map by Johannes Janssonius. Inscribed at bottom, below scale: Apud Ioannem Ianssonium.