Jansson – Mercator Atlas Minor

Mapmaker / Cartographer: Gerhard Mercator / Gerard Mercator / Gerardi Mercatoris

Name of Work:  Jansson-Mercator Atlas Minor
Publisher: Jan Jansson / Johannes Janssonius / Jan Janssonius
Engraver:  Petrus Kaerius (Pieter van der Keere) and Abraham Goos
Date of Publication: 1628

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

He was named for his father, Jan Janszoon the Elder a publisher and bookseller in Arnhem, and married Elisabeth de Hondt, the daughter of the famous mapmaker Jodocus Hondius with whom his family had business ties.  Jansson began producing maps in 1616 – and eventually owned bookstores across Europe in Frankfurt am Main, later also in Danzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Königsberg, Geneva and Lyon. In the 1630s he formed a partnership with his brother in law Henricus Hondius, and together they published atlases as Mercator/Hondius/Janssonius.

Atlas Minor

Jansson’s Atlas Minor was a reduced version of the Atlas produced by Gerard Mercator (1512-1594). The Copperplate engravings for Altas Minor were done by Pieter van den Keere (Petrus Kaerius – 1571-1646) or Abraham Goos.  Due to the unique error found on the map of Cuba, we believe this set of maps most likely comes from the 1628 Latin edition.  Each sheet has Latin texts on the reverse.


Le Duche d’Berry – France – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor

Castilia Vetus et Nova – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor – Castile Spain

Burgundiae Ducatus – Duchy of Burgundy – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor

Antique Map of Beaujolais and Charolais France – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor

Antique Map of Aquitania – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor

Andegavensis Ducatis – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor – Region of Anjou / Angers France

Antique Map from Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor – Biscaia, Guipiscoa, Navarra & Asturias de Santillana

Tataria – Antique Map from Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor

17th Century Map of Scotland from Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor

Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor – Antique Map of Marche Region of Italy

Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor – Map of Northern Ireland

Persicum Regnum – Jansson / Mercator Atlas Minor

Picardia Antique Map of Picardy in Northern France Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor

Antique Map of Russia from the Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor

Comitatus Hannonia – Belgium – Goos / Jansson – Mercator Atlas Minor

17th Century Map of the African Coast – Jansson Mercator Atlas Minor
Map of Caribbean Islands
Jansson’s Atlas Minor – Antique Map of Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Margarita Island