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Fossa Eugeniana quae a Rheno ad Mosam duci - Hondius 1638

Holland - Germany


Fine antique old map of the Dutch and German area between the Meuse and Rhine  river.

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Fossa Eugeniana quae a Rheno ad Mosam duci - Hondius 1638

Spanish Rhine-Maas canal.

Title: Fossa Eugeniana quae a Rheno ad Mosam duci coepta est…Henrici van den Berge.
Amstelodami Sumptibus Henrici Hondij.

Text on versa : Fossa S. Mariae

Fossa Eugeniana or Spanish Rhine-Maas canal

Description: Fine antique old map of the Dutch and German area between the Meuse and Rhine  river.
The map is copperplate engraved with hand coloring and Latin text at verso.

The Fossa Eugeniana or Spanish Rhine-Maas canal from Rheinberg
to Venlo was a large-scale ambitious project of the Thirty Years' War planned by the then Spanish regent in Brussels Isabella Clara Eugenia.

Origin: Atlas Novus by Johannes Janssonius (1588 -1664) born Jan Janszoon. 
In the 1630s he formed a partnership with his brother in law Hendrius Hondius, and together they published atlases as Mercator/Hondius/Janssonius.

Under the leadership of Janssonius the Hondius Atlas was steadily enlarged. Renamed Atlas Novus, it had three volumes in 1638 and later years.
A fourth volume came out with "English County Maps", a year after a similar issue by Willem Blaeu.
Janssonius' maps are similar to those of Blaeu, and he is often accused of copying from his rival, but many of his maps predate those of Blaeu and/or covered different regions. 

By 1660, at which point the atlas bore the appropriate name "Atlas Major", there were 11 volumes, containing the work of about a hundred credited authors and engravers. It included a description of "most of the cities of the world" (Townatlas), of the waterworld (Atlas Maritimus in 33 maps), and of the Ancient World (60 maps).
The eleventh volume was the Atlas of the Heavens by Andreas Cellarius. 

Editions were printed in Dutch, Latin, French, and a few times in German.

Johannes Janssonius (1588, Arnhem – buried July 11, 1664, Amsterdam) (born Jan Janszoon, in English often incorrect Jan Jansson) was a Dutch cartographer and publisher who lived and worked in Amsterdam in the 17th century.

Jodocus Hondius (Latinized version of his Dutch name: Joost de Hondt) (14 October 1563 – 12 February 1612), sometimes called Jodocus Hondius the Elder to distinguish him from his son Jodocus Hondius II, was a Flemish / Dutch engraver, and cartographer. He is best known for his early maps of the New World and Europe, for re-establishing the reputation of the work of Gerard Mercator, and for his portraits of Francis Drake. He helped establish Amsterdam as the center of cartography in Europe in the 17th century.

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Sheet app.: 57.5 x 49 cm. 22.5 x 19 inches. 
Image app: 49 x 36.5 cm. 19.25 x 14.5 inches.
Condition: Very good, fold as published.