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Description:This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the Poitou region of SW France centering on the cities of Nantes and Rochelle was published in the rare 1636 English edition of Mercator's Atlas, by Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson. As there were so few of these atlases published with English text on the verso that maps from them are now understandably scarce.
Background: Poitou is a historical region of west- central France bordering on the Bay on the Bay of Biscay. A part of the Roman province of Aquitaine, it fell to the Visigoths in 418 AD and the Franks in 507 and was frequently contested by France and England until the end of the hundred years war, when it was incorporated into the French crown lands
Condition Report: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, pink, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 22 1/4in x 18 1/2in (570mm x 470mm) Plate size: - 19 1/2in x 15in (500mm x 380mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm) Imperfections: Margins: - Centrefold re-joined with light uplift Plate area: - Centrefold re-joined with light uplift, light creasing Verso: - Light creasing, small repair bottom left not affecting the image