1603 Ortelius Map TOURAINE France Tours & Loire Environs Decorative & Detailed
1603 Ortelius Map TOURAINE France Tours & Loire Environs Decorative & Detailed

Touraine – Turonensis Ducatus et Confinium Galliae Celticae Descriptio. 46.5 cm x 36.5 cm copperplate engraving, 55 cm x 44 cm sheet size, modern hand colour, Antwerp, Jan Baptist Vrients, engraved 1598, printed 1603. We are pleased to offer this scarce original map of the French province of Touraine. Only 300 imprints for this 1603 Latin edition are believed to have been issued, and the masterfully engraved map is deservedly one of the most sought-after of all the French regional maps of Ortelius. This well preserved example exhibits hand colour work of the very highest order and will make an outstanding presentation if matted and framed. Tours and environs – note tiny bridges and trees. Many of the ornate cartouches used by Ortelius’ engravers were taken from a series of ornament prints published in the 1560s by the brilliant architect, painter, designer and graphic artist Hans Vredeman de Vries. Map provides the latitude and longitude of the “Duchy” in an inset box. François is credited for the cartography in the Latin form of his name (Ysaaco Franco) in the supplemental cartouche. Legend lists islands in the Loire – note elegant calligraphy. To get a sense of map detail consider that the mileage scale seen below measures just 7 cm from 1 to 5 actual size. The Latin text on verso is a fascinating document in and of itself and we offer representative excerpts below derived from the 1606 English edition published in London. T he inhabitants of Tours are held to be one of the richest people in all France, both for the fruitfulness of their fields (which they deservedly call the King’s Garden) and also for their excellent manner of government and the industry of their citizens. Who are especially addicted to commerce and traffic, for which purpose their navigable river stands them in great stead… They have also attempted of late to make silk, and that of Italy affords no better quality… Outside the city of Montrichard there are underground houses, with gardens and vineyards above them.. Condition – Please note carefully: The map – more than four centuries old – is in overall very good condition as can be ascertained from photos, strong impression with distinct platemark on fine laid paper with watermark, image area essentially pristine. Remnants of an old binding strip are present on verso and its outline is visible on recto on both sides of and parallel to centrefold. Map exhibits creasing in this are all along centrefold in a band 2 cm wide as can be evaluated in photos. Map exhibits several areas of “as issued” excess ink from the original impression as can be evaluated in photos; presumably the plate was not wiped entirely clean prior to the imprint. While certainly somewhat pronounced, we do not consider this a significant issue at all, even a somewhat charming reminder that these intaglio maps are individual hand-made works of art. Trivial show-through of text on verso in margin only as is usual In all, a very fine example of a much sought-after map that will make an elegant presentation if matted and framed. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other listings. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted. In response to frequent inquiries, please be advised that the terms. An image printed on a sheet of paper, and that all such items are unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic – we never offer reproductions. Please see our glossary. We conduct our business in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Some to beautify their halls, parlours and chambers… Maps begin as dreams, pass through a finite life in the world, and resume as dreams again.. Maps and Atlases Globes and Planetaria Historic Town Views and Plans Engravings, Woodcuts and Lithographs Books and Ephemera Scientific Instruments Curiosities and Oddities. The item “1603 Ortelius Map TOURAINE France Tours & Loire Environs Decorative & Detailed” is in sale since Tuesday, February 05, 2013. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “regiomontanus” and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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