Rediscovering the Jansson & Hondius Atlases of Henry Vignaud

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Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1633

(Hondius-Mercator title page 1633. From Atlas of Atlases, (p.54). Allen, Phillip. 1992. London, Quantum Books.)

"Rediscovering the Jansson & Hondius Atlases of Henry Vignaud" is the result of the project and on-going research of Erin Platte and Tim Utter with the Vignaud Map Collection.  The project was launched in order to identify the provenance of the maps in the University of Michigan Stephen S. Clark Library's collection.  This research resulted in a presentation entitled "Solving a Cartographic Collection Mystery: Reconciling the Maps of the Jansson-Hondius Appendices and Theatri in the Vignaud Map Collection" which was given at the North American Cartographic Information Society's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon in October 2012. 

The Hondius-Jansson maps are very important due to their inclusion of several unknown states. All the maps that we studied as part of this project are part of the Vignaud Map Collection at the University of Michigan Steohen S. Clark Library.  The collection contains many fascinating maps and atlases from the 16th-19th centuries.  Additional materials from the Henry Vignaud Collection can be found at the University of Michigan William L. Clements Library, the University of Michigan Special Collections Library, and the University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

We wish to thank the following individuals for their support and guidance throughout the course of this project. Our sincerest thanks to Dr. Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian for the University of Michigan Library, for her involvement in helping us to understand the printing process of atlases and the history of papermaking during the 17th century . Our immense gratitude to Brian Dunnigan, Associate Director and Curator of Maps at the University of Michigan William L. Clements Library, for his assistance in locating additional Vignaud materials at the University of Michigan William L. Clements Library.  We are also indebted to Peter van der Krogt, Head of URU-Explokart's research program for the History of Cartography at Utrecht University, for his help in identifying the unknown states.  Finally, we want to thank Meghan Musolff, Special Projects Librarian at the University of Michigan Library, for her assistance in the creation of this exhibit. 

For more information about this exhibit please contact Erin Platte at  and Tim Utter at .

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