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Copenhagen, by J. Boisseau. 1648

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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Old antique map - panoramic view of Copenhagen by Jean Boisseau.

With key to locations.

Date of the first edition: 1648
Date of this map: 1648 (= Rare first edition, with the address of Boisseau)
Date on map: 1644

Copper engraving, on two sheets, joined.
Engraver: H. Picart
Size (not including margins): 25.5 x 73.5cm (9.9 x 28.7 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Pastoureau, Boisseau 1, 48.

From: Theatre des Citez, ou Recueil de plusieurs villes, dont les noms suivent par ordre alphabetique; Selon qu'ils sont contenues en ce present volume. Paris, Jean Boisseau, 1648.

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 - Boisseau 1

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