"Nobilis Hannoniae Comitatus Descrip. Auctore Iacobo Surhonio Montano", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1572 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Black & White
20 x 14.8 inches
50.8 x 37.6 cm
This is a superb first edition 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, this being one of these rare early editions, not the later re-engraved plate issued in 1579 and later. Beautifully embellished with a large strapwork title cartouche, scale of miles and two coats of arms. This issue was published in a Latin edition with page number 36 on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #69.
Very early, dark impression. Ink manuscript script on verso and two small water stains in upper blank margin. The side margins are narrow, with the left side trimmed nearly to the neatline, evidently by a previous binder.