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Johannes Janssonius, pair of extremely rare table globes.
Amsterdam, 1623 & 1648
A pair of extremely rare table globes, (44 cm diameter) published by Jodocus Hondius the younger and Johannes Janssonius.
Terrestrial and celestial, each with 12 engraved gores (the terrestrial globe also with 2 engraved polar caps) over a plaster-covered core. Each globe in a new oak stand in 17th-century style with a facsimile paper horizon ring.

Terrestrial globe:
The terrestrial globe includes 3 decorative cartouches (1 double), thumb lines, 12 compass roses, dozens of ships, sea monsters and classical gods in the sea, and some animals on the land.
Mountains and rivers are named. California is shown as a peninsula and the Chinese wall is depicted with red coloured watch towers.
The discoveries by Hudson are mentioned. Also to be seen is a text written in what is now named Hudson Bay.:- ”The Bay where Hudson did winter”.

Dedication cartouche states:
To the most noble, splendid, skilful and prudent lords, the lords curators of the West Indian Company Johannes Janssonius, their most humble servant, gladly and rightly gives, consecrates and dedicates these his celestial and terrestrial globes. In the year 1623.
The present globe is therefore only the second example known with the 1623 dedication to the West India Company and the eighth in any state.No example of either globe in any state is recorded in any collection in the Netherlands or outside continental Europe. (Peter van der Krogt. Old Globes in the Netherlands.)

The Terrestrial globe is state I.
Copies known:
a. Germany, Berlin, Deutsche Staatsbibliothek.

Celestial globe:
The celestial globe includes 2 decorative cartouches (the title cartouche below a tiny portrait
of Tycho Brahe) and about 45 constellations represented pictorially, mostly named. It distinguishes stars by 6 different magnitudes. The celestial globe includes the supernova famously noted by Tycho in 1572 as a "stella nova", which disappeared the following year. Van der Krogt notes 9 examples of this globe in all its states, but only 2 or 3 in the present second state, dated 1648.

The Celestial globe is state II.
Copies known:
a. France, Fècamp Bibliotheque Municipale.
b. Germany, Luneberg, Museum fur das Furstentum
c. Italy, Milano, Private collection, Marquis Borromeo.

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