BOURDELOIS, PAYS DEMEDOC, ET DE LA PREVOSTE DE BORN

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Very attractive and important map of Bordeaux, Bayonne and the wine growing area of Bordeaux and Medoc;

Accredited to Hondius and the engraver Evert Symonsz Hambers Veldt which distinguished this map from Blaeu's copy,* But the map was published by Janssnius from 1631.This first state of the plate.

The stunning carouche which takes up most of the bottom half of the map is entwined with vine leaves highlighting even then the global importance of the area for wines and brandy.

Compass rose, galleons and sea monster add to decorative nature. Excellent original colour. Very good condition.

*Henricus Hondius and Johannes Janssonius engaged the engravers Salomon Rogiers and Evert Sijmonsz. Hamersveldt to cut plates similar to the ones sold. This history is rather well-documented by a notary contract, signed on March 2nd, 1630. According to the contract ". . . these 36 copper plates should be ready within eighteen months, should be accurate, finer and better than the maps given to the engravers. . . ."

code : M3613

Cartographer : JANSSONIUS Johannes

Date : 1631 Amsterdam

Size : 38.5*50.5 cms

availability : Sold

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Johannes Janssonius Jr. (1588-1664) was the son of the bookseller and publisher, Johannes Janssonius of Arnhem (ie. Janssonius, the elder). The elder Janssonius of Arnhem acted as co-publisher, with Cornelis Claesz, of the early editions of Hondius' "Atlas Minor".

Janssonius Jr. married Jodocus Hondius' daughter Elisabeth in 1612. From about 1633 onwards Janssonius' name and imprint started appearing on the Mercator/Hondius "Atlas ..." After 1636 the name of the "Atlas ..." was changed to "Atlas Novus "with Janssonius being responsible, in the main, for its publication.

The "Atlas Novus" was expanded by Janssonius over the years of its publication in an attempt to rival Blaeu's "Atlas Maior" for size and quality. Janssonius' "Atlas Novus" eventually comprised six volumes with a nautical atlas and an atlas of the ancient world included. The maps were relatively similar format to those of Blaeu, although a difference in style is certainly discernible.

Janssonius also issued an "Atlas Maior" of his own, again in competition with Blaeu, but this was not issued as regularly as the Blaeu version. The "Atlas Maior" comprised some ten volumes - eleven if the Cellarius celestial volume is included.