Rare and very decorative map of Catalonia (Catalunya) by J. B. Vrients. Commissioned by Jacob Baptiste Vrients and engraved by Pieter van den Keere, probably the finest engraver of his time. Vrients used this map in the Ortelius atlases published by him between 1602 and 1613. According to Marcel Van den Broecke, only 950 copies were printed, a small number compared to most Ortelius maps. Since only a small percentage of the maps survived this long time, this is the reason for the great rarity of the Vrients Catalonia map today. This example comes from the Italian edition of the Ortelius Atlas printed in 1608 or 1612.
The map shows the Catalan Mediterranean coast from the Ebro river to France. In the centre Barcelona. Decorated with two cartouches, a sailing ship, a sea monster, a mileage scale and a compass rose. First state of the plate. Italian text on verso.
|Title||Cataloniae principatus novissima et accurata descriptio|
|Publisher, Year||J. B. Vrients, Antwerp, 1608 or 1612|
|Plate Size||38.5 x 49.1 cm (15.2 x 19.3 inches)|
|Sheet Size||45.7 x 56.7 cm (18.0 x 22.3 inches)|
|Reference||Van den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 33.1; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 6250:31.|
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