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Bretania et Normadia cum consiniis

Amsterdam, 1630
180 x 250 mm., two small holes in the edges repaired, otherwise in good condition.
An attractive map of Brittany and Normandy in France. It is from the “Atlas Minor” by Johannes Cloppenburg which was the least successful of three “Minor” versions of Gerard Mercator’s atlas. Published in just three editions the first was issued in 1630. The reasons for this are unknown but may have something to do with the fact that when the plates reappeared some forty years later they were in the hands of Johannes Janssonius’ descendants. Janssonius had published a rival slightly smaller atlas in 1628. It is possible he bought this the largest of the three works. The copperplates for this work were engraved by Pieter van den Keere. Koeman ME 198; Phillips 3439; Shirley “Atlases in the BL” T.Clop 1a.
Stock number: 8340


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