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View of Brussels by Jean Boisseau. c. 1668

Jean Boisseau (flourished 1637-1658)

 Jean Boisseau, a prolific map editor, remains somewhat mysterious. He was mentioned for the first time in the Parisian archives in 1631: he was then described as "master illuminator", a title from which he would never give up. A little later, in 1635, he became a "nautical chart illuminator". Finally, in 1636, he published several works of heraldry, genealogy and chronology.

At the same time, he had a few maps engraved. In 1641 he reissued Jean Leclerc's Theatre and published the Topographie françoise de Châtillon. The following year, he improved Leclerc's atlas, which became his own Théatre des Gaules. In 1643, he copied Mercator-Hondius' Atlas Minor for his small Trésor des cartes géographiques. Very active until 1648, the date of the publication of the Théatre des Citéz and the second edition of the Topographie.

Boisseau then disappears without leaving any heirs. Jean Boissevin recovered part of his collection and gave a reissue of the Trésor in 1653 and the Topographie in 1655.

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Profil de la ville de Bruxelles Siege et Residance des Ducs de Brabant.

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Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Belgium - Cities

Old antique map - panoramic view of Brussels (Brussel - Bruxelles) by Jean Boisseau.

At bottom right: A Paris sur le Quay de l'horloge du Palais / Chez F. D[L]a Pointe.

With key to locations.

Date of the first edition: 1648
Date of this map: c. 1668

Copper engraving, on two sheets, joined.
Engraver: H. Picart
Size (not including margins): 28 x 71cm (10.9 x 27.7 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: B
References: See Pastoureau, Boisseau 1, 29.

Separate publication. Second edition published by F. Lapointe.

François Lépine (dit Lapointe), was a French draughtsman and engraver who signed himself Lapointe. He engraved maps for Duval, De Fer, Sanson and pierre Mariette II. C. 1668, he republished a number of panoramic views of Boisseau.

Jean Boisseau (flourished 1637-1658)

 Jean Boisseau, a prolific map editor, remains somewhat mysterious. He was mentioned for the first time in the Parisian archives in 1631: he was then described as "master illuminator", a title from which he would never give up. A little later, in 1635, he became a "nautical chart illuminator". Finally, in 1636, he published several works of heraldry, genealogy and chronology.

At the same time, he had a few maps engraved. In 1641 he reissued Jean Leclerc's Theatre and published the Topographie françoise de Châtillon. The following year, he improved Leclerc's atlas, which became his own Théatre des Gaules. In 1643, he copied Mercator-Hondius' Atlas Minor for his small Trésor des cartes géographiques. Very active until 1648, the date of the publication of the Théatre des Citéz and the second edition of the Topographie.

Boisseau then disappears without leaving any heirs. Jean Boissevin recovered part of his collection and gave a reissue of the Trésor in 1653 and the Topographie in 1655.

References: Pastoureau - See Boisseau 1, 29

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