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Jan Jansson: Tusciae sive Hetruria Antiquae Typus

Map: IT3445
Cartographer: Jan Jansson
Title: Tusciae sive Hetruria Antiquae Typus
Date: 1661
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 8 inches / 21 cm
Height: 6 inches / 16 cm
Map ref: IT3445
Tuscany or ancient Etruria based on classical sources.

This map was part of an important academic work on the history of geography and cartography compiled by Philip Cluverius. Often called the first scholar of this particular discipline, his “Introductio in Universam Geographiam” was published in 1624 and ran to eleven volumes. It became the major work in this discipline and was widely read with issues in multiple versions and forms throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Many of the editions were illustrated with maps by several map makers. This particular map was issued in the 1661 edition published by Johannes Jansson. Jansson used many of his own maps to illustrate the work, contrasting “modern” versions drawn heavily from his own work the “Mercator Minoris” to classical maps, based mostly on maps from Gerhard Mercator’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and Abraham Ortelius’s Parergon, or his appendix of maps of the classical world often attached to his landmark atlas “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”. Many of the maps were engraved by two important map makers in their own right, cousins Abraham Goos and Pieter van den Keere; in turn, they were also distantly related to Jansson by marriage.

Coloured. [IT3445]