Ist issue. Copper engraving ; original and later hand colouring. Overall sheet size : 59.4cms x 49.2cms. Image size: 503 mm x 378 mm. Nine coats of arms surrounded by cherubs and naked, winged female figure are arranged in two rows in the upper left corner. The title in the lower corner has an elaborate cartouche with workmen bearing the tools of their trades, symbolising the activities of the county, while deer and foxes symbolise the 'sport' of the county. In the opposite corner mermaids support the scale of miles, while at the upper right, the Cornish coat of arms is embellished with ribbons. In the Bristol Channel are two galleons, and two compass roses with rhumblines radiating from them. Archival repairs at bottom of centrefold on verso and some edge repairs (which are well away from the map area) and some old tape staining on verso at extreme edge of map (could be covered by a mount if double sided framing was decided on). Magnificent map Jan Jansson Jr (1588-1664) was the son of a bookseller and publisher who had worked with Jodocus Hondius Sr. From about 1633 onwards, his imprint appears on the title-pages of the Mercator-Hondius 'Atlas', in conjunction with his brother-in-law, Henry, as they re-issued their 'Atlas' in competition with the Blaeus. At this time, many of the maps were re-drawn or replaced and the 'Atlas' was expanded to become the 'Atlas Novus' series, an attempt to rival Blaeu's 'Atlas Maior' for size and quality. Jansson began to prepare his volume devoted to the British Isles c.1640. In 1644 he published eleven county maps in an appendix to the 'Atlas', but they appeared from 1646 in the 'Novus Atlas'. Jansson's county maps are seen far less frequently than those of his rival Blaeu, but are similar in appearance with coats of arms and decorative title cartouches. Jansson, like Blaeu, used Speed maps when creating his own thus showing hundreds but no roads. However, Jansson (and Blaeu) chose to omit Speed's innovative town plans.
|Map maker||Jansson, Johannes|
|Published at year||1646|
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