"Nobilis Hannoniae Comitatus Descrip. Auctore Iacobo Surhonio Montano", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Belgium and France
Period: 1579 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 x 36.8 cm
This is a superb copper engraved map of the border region between France and Belgium. It includes the cities of Mons, Maubeuge, and Valenciennes. The history of this map is fascinating. It was based on a manuscript map by Jacques Surhon (1548), which, for security reasons, was not published. In 1572, Ortelius applied for privilege to publish the map, but his request was never granted. The plate was engraved anyway, and several prints made from it appeared in the 1573-1575 editions of "Theatrum". That plate was then destroyed and a new one engraved, with privilege, in 1579, while Antwerp was independent for a brief time. This map is from a revised or re-engraved plate. Beautifully embellished with a large strapwork title cartouche, scale of miles and two coats of arms. This is the 1602 Spanish edition with the page number "43" on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #71.
A really nice, dark impression on a full sheet with wide margins and fine hand coloring. A little marginal staining or foxing and a printers crease or closed split in lower margin to border.