"Gasconiae Descriptio", Ortelius/Coignet
Period: 1609 (published)
Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum
Color: Hand Color
4.8 x 3.2 inches
12.2 x 8.1 cm
Miniature map of the Gascony region in southwest France covering the region from the mouth of the Garonne River to the Pyrenees. The river systems and major cities are highlighted. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche and a tiny fishing boat in the Atlantic. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87.
Lightly toned with some oxidation of original color. Paper is still sound. Few minor spots in blank margins.