1639 – J. Jansson – Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium


Title:                   “Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium”​


Rare Jansson edition of this decorative map of China, Tartary and Central Asia, extending from Mongolia and Xanadu to the Caspian and the Volga River and to Tibet and the Upper Ganges River. Map illustrates the knowledge obtained by the English and Dutch explorers as far as the Ob River, with the balance of the map based on the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics. The deserts are filled with a wild assortment of devils and dragons, being held at bay from China by the Great Wall. Explorers flank the distance scale and the title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road. This map is nearly identical to Blaeu’s map of the same title, but does not have a scale at the top and bottom. French text on verso.

The map comes from Janssonius French edition atlas “Atlas Novus“ published in Amsterdam, 1639.

Cartographer:     Johannes Janssonius (1588 – 1664)

Sheet size:          56,3 x 47,3 cm

Year:                     1639

Technique:           copper engraving


Good condition. Contemporary colouring! Brownish paper with small margin splits on the top and bottom of centerfold, water stains.

This is an original antique map published in 1639 and NOT a modern copy or reprint.


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