"Duche de Bretaigne", Jansson, Jan
Period: 1666 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 14.7 inches
50.3 x 37.3 cm
This richly decorated map of northeastern France is fully engraved to suggest forests, rivers, cities and villages. It is embellished with a splendid title, distance scale, and legend cartouches, plus battling sailing ships, and a coat of arms flanked by sea monsters. The title cartouche features Atlas holding aloft the globe. At lower right just above the border is an area of text that has been nearly obliterated, possibly for later reengraving. Latin text on verso with the additional title "Britannia, vulgo Duche de Bretaigne."
Crisp impression on hand laid paper with very wide margins. At centerfold there is just a hint on toning and a little pin hole that is barely visible except when held to the light, else fine.