Fossa Eugeniana quae a rheno ad mosam duci coepta est … – Map of the Fossa Eugenia, a canal that was intended to link the rivers Maas (Meuse) and Rijn (Rhine). Initiated by the Spanish occupational forces, and later continued by Napoleon Bonaparte as part of the Grand Canal du Nord The canal was never finished.

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‘Fossa Eugeniana quae a rheno ad mosam duci coepta est …’

Contemporary (original / old) hand coloured etching / engraving on hand laid paper. Watermark: We found no watermark. Paper appears from the Veluwe region in the Netherlands..
Sheet size: 58,2 x 48,5 cm. (22,9 x 19,1 inch). Image size: 49,5 x 37,3 cm. (19,5 x 14,7 inch).

From: “Atlas Novus sive Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”, Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius, 1647. This Atlas was published 1638-66. This item is from the 1647 latin ed. (Janssonius 1647 / 02-2020)

Made by ‘Janssonius workshop’ after ‘unknown carthographer’. Publisher: Johannes Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson (1588-1664) was born in Arnhem, Netherlands. His father was a bookseller and publisher (Jan Janszoon the Elder). When he married the daughter of the cartographer Jodocus Hondius he also set up a business as book publisher in Amsterdam. His first map was published in 1616. Around 15 years later he set up a partnership with his brother in law Hondius add issued further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. After his death his heirs still have published several maps. Many of his plates have been acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valk.

Condition: Good, given age. Minimal paper separation at the lower middle fold margin, backed. Original middle fold as issued. Light brown offsetting from colours on oposing pages, as is common. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 48 × 58 × 1 cm


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