Old geographic map of Anjou

Patrick Serouge
geographic map of anjou
geographic map of anjou


Original proof made in 1610 Mercator geographer, Hondius editor
Beautiful old colors
Explanatory text in Latin on the back
Thin line of transverse folds in the upper right corner
Good condition
Sheet size: 54.5 x 41 cm
Engraving format: 46 x 36 cm
Original antique map of 1610
Very beautiful old colors for this Mercator map in the first edition with privilege, edited by Hondius References from 1 to 14 on the left side of the map naming the surroundings of Angers

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Jodocus Hondius , one of the most famous engravers of his time, is known for his work in association with many important cartographers and publishers in the late 16th and early 17th centuries Born in Flanders, grew up in Ghent He was an apprentice in a company manufacturing scientific instruments, globes and map engraving
In 1584, to escape the religious unrest sweeping the Netherlands, he fled to London where he spent a few years before settling in Amsterdam around 1593 From the London era, he will keep the contacts he had made with the greatest scientists and geographers of the day, authors of The Mariner's Mirrour, the English edition of Waghenaer's Sea Atlas No one doubts that his temporary exile in London was useful to him, earning him an international reputation, because it is not a chance that John Speed, famous English cartographer, chooses Hondius to engrave the plates of the maps of the Theater of the Empire of Great Britain between 1605 and 1610
In 1604, Hondius purchased the Atlas Mercator plates which, despite its excellence, had failed to compete with the persistent demand for Ortelius maps After the death of Jodocus Hondius the Elder in 1612, his cartographic work and miniature, were entrusted to his widow and his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, then to Jan Jansson in Amsterdam In total, from 1606, nearly 50 editions comprising a growing number of maps with texts in the main European languages were printed
For nearly sixty years, during the most important and exciting period in the history of modern cartography, Gerard Mercator was the supreme cartographer His name came just after Ptolemy, synonymous with the form of cartographic projection still in use today. hui Although not the inventor of this type of projection, he was the first to apply it to navigation charts in a form such that compass bearings could be plotted on straight-line charts, thus providing to sailors a solution to a long-standing navigation problem at sea. Mercator was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Leuven with Gemma Frisius, Dutch writer, astronomer and mathematician.He settled there as a cartographer, creator of instruments and globe, and at twenty-five, draws and engraves his first map (of Palestine) and then produces a map of Flanders (1540) The excellence of his work earned him the patronage of Charles V for whom he built a globe Despite his favor with the emperor, he was taken in persecution of Lutheran Protestants and accused of heresy, fortunately without serious consequences No doubt that the fear of further persecution influenced his move to Duisburg in 1552, where he continued the production of maps, globes and instruments culminating in maps at large scale of Europe (1554), the British Isles (1564) and the famous 18-sheet World Map drawn at its new projection (1569) All these early maps are extremely rare, some are only known by a single copy
Later he devoted himself to editing the maps of Ptolemy's Geographia, reproduced as faithfully as possible in their original form, and to preparing his three-volume collection of maps to which, for the first time, the word "Atlas "Was applied The word was chosen, he wrote," to honor the Titan, Atlas, king of Mauritania, a learned philosopher, mathematician and astronomer "The first two parts of the Atlas were published in 1585 and 1589 and the third, the first two constituting a complete edition, in 1595, one year after the death of Mercator The sons and grandsons of Mercator, named above, were all cartographers and contributed in various ways to the great atlas Rumold, in particular, was responsible for the complete edition in 1595 After a second complete edition in 1602, the maps were purchased in 1604 by Jodocus Hondius who, with his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, published enlarged editions, which dominated the ma card holdings for the next twenty to thirty years

Condition good condition
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