"Provinciae, Regionis Galliae, Vera Exactissimaq Descriptio. Petro Ioanne Bompario Auctore", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Southern France
Period: 1619 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 14.1 inches
51.6 x 35.8 cm
This superb, decorative map of Provence was based on Pierre-Jean de Bompar's map of 1591. It was engraved by the famous Dutch copperplate engraver Baptista van Doetichum who embellished it in his distinctive style with bold cartouches, an elaborate compass rose, sailing ships and sea monsters. The map covers the region from Avignon and the Rhone delta to Saluzzo and San Remo in Italy. Jodocus Hondius acquired the copperplates of the Mercator atlas and added several additional maps, including this one, for his re-issue of the atlas between 1606 and 1631. French text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #4700:1A.
A striking impression with full original color on watermarked paper. There is minor toning, light scattered foxing, and a paper flaw in the border at right.