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Description: This finely engraved beautifully hand coloured original antique 1st edition map of the Rhône-Alpes region of France - centering on the Rhone River and the cities of Lyon & Macon - was published in the 1631 edition of Mercators Atlas published by Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson.
Jodocus Hondius (1563 - 1612), one of the most notable engravers of his time, is known for his work in association with many of the cartographers and publishers prominent at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. In 1604 Hondius bought the plates of Mercator's Atlas which, in spite of its excellence, had not competed successfully with the continuing demand of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. To meet this competition Hondius added about 40 maps to Mercator's original number and from 1606 published enlarged editions in many languages, still under Mercator's name but with his own name as publisher. These atlases have become known as the Mercator/Hondius series. The following year the maps were re-engraved in miniature form and issued as a pocket Atlas Minor. After the death of Jodocus Hondius the Elder in 1612, work on the two atlases, folio and miniature, was carried on by his widow and sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, and eventually in conjunction with Jan Jansson in Amsterdam. In all, from 1606 onwards, nearly 50 editions with increasing numbers of maps with texts in the main European languages were printed. (Ref: Koeman; M&B; Tooley)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Early Colors used: - Green, red, orange, yellow, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 24in x 20in (610mm x 510mm) Plate size: - 20in x 15in (535mm x 385mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Light spotting not affecting the image Plate area: - Age toning along centerfold Verso: - None