Tassin, Christophe Nicholas
1636

Chateau d'If

Chateau d'If (SOLD)

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Scarce antique island map by Nicolas Tassin from 1636. Highly decorative map shows the island fortress, Chateau d'If, on the island of If located in the Bay of Marseilles, close offshore from the town of Marseilles. The engraving shows the island, surrounded by numerous galleys and other sailing vessels. At the time this engraving was made Marseille was the primary Mediterranean base for the French Corps des Galeres.

Published in the small-sized atlas "Les Plans et profils de toutes les principales villes et lieux considerables de France" by Christophe Nicholas Tassin (d. 1660) . Tassin's background was as a military engineer, and he is best known for his nautical atlas of 30 sheets, dedicated to Richelieu, documenting France's coastline. Tassin's work contains topographic maps, often of militarily important sites, either sketched on site, composed from firsthand drawings by military engineers, or sometimes borrowed from other mapmakers.

CREATOR: Tassin, Christophe Nicholas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1636

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Good  

COLORING: Contemporary hand color.

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SIZE: 6 " x 4 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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