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An attractive map of Artois, Pas De Calais. In 1607 Jodocus Hondius
published a reduced size version of Gerard Mercator's renowned "Atlas",
itself suitably titled "Atlas Minor". The maps were copied from those of
the great cartographer Mercator of around 1580-90 or were reductions of
Hondius' own maps of 1606. The popularity of the smaller format and
reduced price, compared with the folio issues of "Atlas", was reflected in
the many subsequent editions and in the variety of derivative publications in similar style. Almost 20 years later the map and atlas publisher Joannes Janssonius commissioned a new set of copperplates to be engraved by Pieter Van Den Keere (often signed Kaerius) and Abraham Goos, two of the most proficient and experienced Dutch map engravers of the period. These maps were elegantly designed with decorative title cartouches, and were finely engraved and surprisingly detailed, elements particularly noticeable in their early printings, as here.
region: Maps of the Low Countries
mapmakers: A.Goos J.Jansson
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1616-1628
medium and colour: Copperplate, Colouredref: 33402
size in mm: 125 x 175
Price: £ 220
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