''ARTESIA COMITATUS AMSTELODAMI…'' Amsterdam: Henricus Hondius, c. 1636. Engraved map with original hand-coloring. Verso text English. (Image : 14 3/4 x 19’’)
This highly decorative map depicts the region of Artesia (French Flanders). Topographical features are well noted and most cities (including Calais, Lille and Boulogne), towns, waterways, forests and wagon routes are located. The map is further enhanced with the elaborate and colorful cartouches.
Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) (Henrici´s brother) was the founder of the famous 17th century Dutch map publishing family. Jodocus, along with sons Jodocus II and Henricus, and son-in-law Jan Janssonius, was prominent in Dutch cartography and competed with the emerging Blaeu family map business.