Leen Helmink Antique Maps

North Atlantic by van Loon

Cartographer

van Loon

Title

Pas-caerte van Groenland

Published

Amsterdam, 1661

Size

42.5 x 53.0 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18766

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 2500

Description

Johannes van Loon's very rare sea chart of the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, from the British Isles to eastern Canada and the northwest passage. All charts by Joannes van Loon's Sea Atlas are of exceptional rarity.

"This uncommon chart of the North Atlantic waters is derived from Hendrick Doncker's of 1659, which in turn followed Pieter Goos' original design. The North American nomenclature is identical."

(Burden 364)

"Joannes van Loon was an accomplished mathematician and astronomer. His first cartographic involvements were with Theunis Jacobsz during the 1640s. From 1650 he worked with Joannes Janssonius, engraving amongst other worksthe plates for his Celestial Atlas by Cellarius, 1660. In 1661 he published his first work with his brother, Gillis; the 'Zee Atlas' contained thirty-five maps. In 1666 the plates were Jan Jansson van Waesberge, with whom he then co-published the atlas. This edition was expanded to forty-seven maps, and by 1676 there were fifty."

(Burden)