"Coloniensis Archiepiscopatus Auctore Ioh. Gigante Medico et Mathematico", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1662 (published)
Publication: Atlas Mayor, o Geographia Blaviana…
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm
Striking map of the Rhine River valley in Westphalia was originally produced by Joannes Gigas (Gigante) for Jodocus Hondius shortly before his death. This plate was among the 39 Hondius copper plates that were purchased by Willem Blaeu in 1629. He replaced Hondius' imprint with his own and published them as part of his first atlas. The river bisects the map diagonally with Koblentz at the bottom left corner and Wesel in the upper right. The map has many small coats-of-arms locating the gentry in the area. The map is decorated with two strapwork cartouches. Spanish text on verso.
Attractive original color on strong paper with faint fold toning in blank margins. The copper plate had a broken corner in the lower left, that does not detract from the map.