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Auction 173, Lot 273

"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

20.1 x 14 inches
51.1 x 35.6 cm
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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.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with light toning, a few minor spots of foxing, light creasing along the centerfold, and a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/5/2019