Jan Jansson. “Essexiæ Descriptio. The Description of Essex.” Amsterdam: J. Jansson, 1658. Engraving. 15 x 19. Original outline color. Some repaired marginal tears. Very good condition.
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Along with those of his rival Joan Blaeu, Jan Jansson produced some of the most sought-after and decorative maps of British counties. Jansson, the son-in-law of Jodocus Hondius, partnered with the latter’s son in publishing atlases containing beautiful maps of all parts of the world. One of these atlases included county maps of the British Isles, including these excellent images. They show impressive detail and include decorative cartouches as well as other decorative flourishes.