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Auction 176, Lot 437

"Provincia. La Provence", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Southern France

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.3 inches
19.3 x 13.5 cm
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Charming little map of Provence in southern France fully engraved with hundreds of place names and adorned with two decorative cartouches. The Rhone and Durance Rivers are meticulously mapped, noting even the marshy area at the mouth of the Rhone. Crisply engraved by Petrus Kaerius. French text on verso.

This map was re-engraved for Jan Jansson's editions of the Atlas Minor, published in 5 editions between 1628-48. The copperplates for the original Atlas Minor editions published by Hondius were sold to parties in England between 1621-25. Jansson commissioned Pieter van den Keere and Abraham Goos to engrave new plates, which were close copies of the original editions.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #4700:352.1.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with damp stains confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/12/2020