Old Map of Guyenne, France by Visscher, 1690: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, Pau, Pyrénées
Old Map of Guyenne, France by Visscher, 1690: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, Pau, Pyrénées
Old Map of Guyenne, France by Visscher, 1690: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, Pau, Pyrénées
Old Map of Guyenne, France by Visscher, 1690: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, Pau, Pyrénées

Old Map of Guyenne, France by Visscher, 1690: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, Pau, Pyrénées

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Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the late 17th century with the exquisite 'Description du Guienne' map, a masterpiece by Nicolaes Visscher II. Translated into English, the title reveals the map's primary focus: 'Description of Guyenne', a historical region of France that now forms part of the larger modern-day area of the country. This stunning cartographic representation brings to life the various regions and political divisions of Guyenne, as they were understood in 1690. The richly detailed design is not only a testament to Visscher's craftsmanship but also a reflection of the Dutch Golden Age of mapmaking, which his family significantly contributed to.

This map is a fascinating exploration of the historical cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Donostia-San-Sebastian, and Pau. Each city is intricately depicted, highlighting the unique architectural and cultural characteristics of the time. The map also features the Pyrénées National Park, an iconic natural landmark that forms a majestic backdrop to these urban centers. This detailed depiction of the region's topography allows you to traverse the landscape of the past, from bustling cities to serene natural vistas.

Hand-colored in outline, the engraved map vividly illustrates the region's towns, fortifications, forests, waterways, canals, mountains, and landmarks. It includes decorative cartouches, a compass rose, and rhumb lines, adding to its aesthetic appeal. The relief is shown pictorially, lending a three-dimensional effect to the map and enhancing its visual depth. These features not only add to the map's artistic value but also provide valuable insights into the geographical understanding and artistic conventions of the time.

The 'Description du Guienne' map is more than just a cartographic representation of a historical region. It is a window into the past, offering a glimpse into the geographical, political, and cultural landscape of late 17th-century France. This map is an invaluable addition to any collection, appealing to historians, cartographers, and art enthusiasts alike. Its detailed depiction of Guyenne, combined with its artistic beauty and historical significance, makes it a truly unique and luxurious piece.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Guyenne Region:

  1. Toulouse: Known as the 'Pink City', it was a major city in the Roman Empire. Historical name: Tolosa.
  2. Bordeaux: Famous for its wine production, it was an important port city. Historical name: Burdigala.
  3. Pau: Known for its Château de Pau, birthplace of King Henry IV of France.
  4. Agen: A bustling city known for its prune production.
  5. Bayonne: A fortified city and important military and commercial port.
  6. Bergerac: Known for its wine and tobacco.
  7. Mont-de-Marsan: Known for its annual 'Madeleine' festival.
  8. Dax: Famous for its hot springs and spa facilities.
  9. Montauban: Known for its red brick buildings and the Ingres Museum.
  10. Perigueux: Known for its Gallo-Roman ruins.
  11. Cahors: Famous for its medieval bridge, the Pont Valentré.
  12. Albi: Known for its unique red brick cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.
  13. Rodez: Famous for its Gothic cathedral and the Soulages Museum.
  14. Castres: Known for its houses on the Agout river.
  15. Tarbes: Known for its National stud farm and the Massey garden.
  16. Auch: Known for its monumental staircase and the statue of d'Artagnan.
  17. Marmande: Famous for its tomato festival.
  18. Angoulême: Known for its international comics festival.
  19. La Rochelle: Famous for its old port and towers.
  20. Poitiers: Known for its medieval architecture and the Futuroscope theme park.
  21. Limoges: Famous for its porcelain production.
  22. Clermont-Ferrand: Known for its black lava stone cathedral.
  23. Châteauroux: Known for its dance festival.
  24. Tours: Famous for its old town and the Saint-Gatien cathedral.
  25. Orléans: Known for its association with Joan of Arc.
  26. Blois: Famous for its Renaissance castle.
  27. Chartres: Known for its Gothic cathedral.
  28. Rouen: Famous for its Gothic cathedral and the Gros-Horloge.
  29. Le Havre: Known for its modern architecture.
  30. Amiens: Famous for its Gothic cathedral and the Jules Verne house.

Notable Natural Attractions:

  1. Pyrénées National Park: A mountain range forming a natural border between France and Spain.
  2. Garonne River: One of the major rivers in France, flowing through Toulouse and Bordeaux.
  3. Dordogne River: Known for its scenic beauty and prehistoric cave paintings.
  4. Landes Forest: One of the largest man-made forests in Europe.
  5. Arcachon Bay: Known for its oyster cultivation.

Historical Events (1600-1690):

  1. 1627-1628: The Siege of La Rochelle during the French Wars of Religion.
  2. 1659: The Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, ending the Franco-Spanish War.
  3. 1674: The city of Strasbourg was annexed to France.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

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