Superb map of Provence.

Interestingly this map came from Theatre Geographique de la France Contenant les Cartes et Description Particulieres des Provinces d'iceluy Royaume.

A Paris, Chez Melchior Tavernier, Graveur & Imprimeur du Roy pou les Cartes Geographiques, 1643.

Tavernier used or bought the franch regional maps from Blaeu/Janzoon or reprinted the plates.

An attractive and detailed map of the French region of Provence.

Sailing ships and decorative compass roses adorn the waters of the Mediterranean, whilst the French royal arms appear boldly

near the title cartouche. Finely engraved and with attractive

original colour, this map exemplifies the Blaeu style. The

family's publishing endeavours ensured their maps were, and still

are, renowned for the consummate care and attention apparent

in every stage of production - using only the best paper.

Excellent hand colour.

Very good condition.

code : M2138

Cartographer : JANSSONIUS Johannes

Date : 1643 Paris

Size : 39*54.5cms

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.