"La France Divisee en Archevesches Evesches Abbaies...", Mariette, Pierre (the elder)
Period: 1656 (published)
Publication: Gallia Christiana
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 15.9 inches
52.1 x 40.4 cm
This map of France is divided into archbishoprics and identifies archibishoprics, bishoprics and abbeys throughout the country. A small inset shows the region surrounding Paris, with Paris labeled as Montmartre, the location of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre-Coeur). The title cartouche is topped with a bishop's mitre and crosier. Engraved by Matheus.
This map is quite rare, appearing in Gallia Christiana, qua Series Omnium Archiepiscoporum ... ad Nostra Tempora, which was a 4-volume documentary catalogue of all the Catholic dioceses and abbeys of France from the earliest times. The Gallia Christiana was begun by brothers Scévole and Louis Sainte-Marthe, royal historiographers of France, and published by Pierre Abel and Nicolas Sainte-Marthe, son of Scévole.
Original outline color with later color in the cartouche, on watermarked paper, with some light color offsetting. There is minor toning along the centerfold and edges of the sheet, and archival repairs to a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin and a few small worm tracks in the top blank margin.