Auction 150, Lot 485

"Osnabrugensis Episcopatus. Auctore Ioanne Gigante", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Western Germany

Period: 1643 (circa)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.6 inches
48.3 x 37.1 cm

This handsome map of the German province of Hanover was drawn 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. It is centered on Osnabruck at center and the large strapwork title cartouche incorporates a fine view of the city with its many steeples dominating the sky-line, attended by a finely attired surveyor. At lower right is an inset of Reckenberg. Further embellished with a coat of arms, small provincial armorials and a smaller cartouche. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2340:2.

Condition: B+

Attractive color with very light toning.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/17/2014