"Carte Generale des Postes de France", Fer, Nicolas de
Subject: France, Postal Routes
Period: 1728 (dated)
Publication: Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques…
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 17.4 inches
48.5 x 44.2 cm
Attractive map of France showing the postal routes and offices throughout the country. The coloring shows the routes in yellow with major stations shown in red. Flanked at sides with a list of major cities. The drape-style title cartouche is held aloft by Mercury and a putto, escorted by Athena riding a Pegasus, with a vignette featuring mail carriers and coaches below. The map is further adorned with two compass roses and the Royal coat of arms. Published by De Fer's successor Guillaume Danet.
References: Pastoureau, Fer II C .
Original color on watermarked paper with wide margins and a few minor spots.