Auction 173, Lot 274

"Britannia", Langenes, Barent

Subject: Western France

Period: 1600 (published)

Publication: Thresor de Chartes

Color: Hand Color

4.9 x 3.3 inches
12.4 x 8.4 cm

A charming miniature map of the Brittany region in France, including the towns of Nantes, Rennes and Brest. There is good detail of towns, political boundaries, and rivers. Adorned with a decorative cartouche. French text on verso.

The map was first published by Cornelius Claesz and printed by Barent Langenes in the 1598 edition of the popular Map-treasury. For the 1599 edition, graduation lines and latitude numerals were added to one side of the border on most of the maps, which were again used for multiple editions through 1650. This is the second state with the added graduation lines from a French edition, printed by Albert Hendricks.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 80-82; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #4450:341.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light toning and damp stains confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $80 - $95


Closed on 6/5/2019