Alsace by C.J. Visscher and J. Janssonius
Nieuwe, en Warachtighe Beschryvinghe van de Ober en Neder Elsas, Wirtenberg, Neder-Phaltz, Lotharingen, t'Bisdom Mentz en Trier, mitsgaders de Landen daer aen grensende., 1630.
Old map of the Alsace by C.J. Visscher and J. Janssonius.
Oriented to the southeast .
This map of the Alsace consists of two plates. The larger plate (34 x 50 cm) is the left plate of Van den Keere's map of the Rhine. Visscher used the state with the date 1622. As no changes took place before 1632 (when this date was added) the left plate could have been printed any time between 1622 and 1631. Furthermore, Visscher etched a small plate (8 x 50 cm) with portraits, town views and the continuation of the map title. This small strip was mounted below the large sheet.
The title runs along the upper and lower edges of the map image. In the lower left corner of the map sheet is a simple bar scale, followed by the imprint: CJ Visscher excudebat Gedruckt voor Broer Janss 1622. The bottom border, printed from the smaller plate, contains the continuation of the map title, two portraits and seven town views: LEOPOLDUS Archidux Austriae (portrait); BASEL; STRASBURG; SPEIR; WORMBS, with below the title: Afbeeldinge der voornaemste Steden, aen den Rijnstroom; MENTZ; BACHARACH; COBLENTZ; and ERNESTUS Comes Mansfeldiae (portrait).
Size: 42.5 x 50cm (16.6 x 19.5 inches)
Condition: Trimmed to the neatline and pasted on the back of a Hondius Rhine map. Small damage at the portrait of Ernestus. Two vertical folds.
Condition Rating: B
References: Schilder 6, 39.2 First state.