Joannes Janssonius (1588-1664)

Jan Janszoon, son of the publisher and bookseller Jan Janszoon the Elder, was born in Arnhem (Netherlands). In 1612 he married Elisabeth de Hondt, the daughter of the famous Jodocus Hondius. Four years later he printed his first maps. In the 1630s he formed a partnership with Henricus Hondius, and together they published various atlases.

  • Japoniae Nova Descriptio. Amsterdam 1650. ( 34 x 44 cm). (private collection)
  • A re-issue of the Hondius map of 1606.


  • Nova et Accurata Iaponiae, Terrae Esonis, ac Insularum adjacentium ... Amsterdam 1658 (Col. copper engr., 45,5 x 55cm). (private collection)
  • Based on the Hondius map of 1606 this map incorporates data provided by the Dutch expedition under Maarten de Vries in 1643. Hokkaido ("Eso"=Ezo) and Sakhalin are shown joined, the Southern Kuriles islands of Iturup and Urup are calles Staaten Eyland and Compagnie's Land.

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