Auction 146, Lot 487

"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 [11].

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide margins and a few minor spots.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 9/4/2013