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Jacob Keijns in 'The Atlas' in Amsterdam, 1629-38, and the Hondius family

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The Amsterdam bookseller Jacob Keijns (b. Middelburg 1608, d. Brazil 1643/7) is known primarily as the publisher of the Dutch edition of Marcus Zuerius Box-horn's Toneel ofte beschryvinge der steden van Hollandt (1634; the Latin edition was published by Henricus Hondius in 1632). He worked in Amsterdam from 1629 to about 1638/9. As early as 1 Oct. 1637 an inventory of his shop in the house 'De Atlas' [The Atlas] on the Water (nowadays called the Damrak) was drawn up at the request of his financiers. Eventually he went to Brazil, where he became a notary public. It seems likely that he died there. Extensive information is provided regarding the Hondius family to which Keijns had probably been apprenticed. Jodocus Hondius and his mother died in 1629 after which Henricus Hondius changed the name of the house 'De Atlas' [The Atlas] into 'De Wackren Hondt' [The Wakeful Dog]. Jacob Keijns then probably adopted the name The Atlas for his own shop.


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