Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Nova Zembla by Janssonius

Cartographer

Janssonius

Title

Nova Zemla, Waygats, Fretum Nassovicum, 

Published

Amsterdam, 1650

Size

40.0 x 50.0 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18284

Condition

mint

Price

$ 1250

Description

Important early map of Nova Zembla from Janssonius' sea atlas, also known as 'Water-world' and published as Atlas Novus Volume V.

Very elegant sea chart with two spectacular cartouches, decorated with hunters, polar foxes, polar bears and wallruses. The chart is further embellished with rhumb-lines, two compass roses, two sailing ships, and a sea monster.

The scalebar in the lower right is in the form of a skewed 'checker-board', to reflect the rapidly changing scale of this map in the vertical direction, which is caused by the high lattitudes in combination with the projection method.

Many details are based on the discoveries from the three Dutch expeditions that searched for a Northeast passage to the riches of the East. The wintering place of Willem Barentsz ("Het behouden Huys") is visible in the upper right.

The map is the most decorative and most wanted early map of the region.