BG-12082-39

Antique Map of the region of Périgord by Janssonius (1657)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor foxing, Latin text on verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1657
  • Overall size: 60 x 50 cm.
  • Image size: 48.5 x 38 cm.
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Description: Antique map of France titled 'Le Comte de Perigort'. Decorative map of the Périgord region. Périgord is a natural region and former province of France, which corresponds roughly to the current Dordogne département, now forming the northern part of the Aquitaine région. This map originates from 'Atlas Novus, Sive Theatrum Orbis Orbis Terrarum: In quo Galliae, Helvetiae (..)' by J. Janssonius (1656-1657). 

Artists and Engravers: Johannes Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson (1588-1664) was born in Arnhem, Netherlands. His father was a bookseller and publisher (Jan Janszoon the Elder). When he married the daughter of the cartographer Jodocus Hondius he also set up a business as book publisher in Amsterdam. His first map was published in 1616. Around 15 years later he set up a partnership with his brother in law Hondius add issued further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. After his death his heirs still have published several maps. Many of his plates have been acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valk.