Tassin, Christophe Nicholas

NOT AVAILABLE Magnificent Antique Map of the Coast of Provence, France

Carte Particuliere des Costes de Provence [et Languedoc]

DESCRIPTION: What a stunning and special map! Spectacular large nautical map of the coastline of Provence, France and Languedoc. Beautiful decorative map (1638) by Christophe Nicolas Tassin shows the French coastline from Port-de-Bouc to Nice. Includes a large, decorative title cartouche, 18 galleys and other sailing vessels, several sea monsters and three gorgeous compass roses. Done in a style somewhat unique to Tassin, with outlandish creatures comprising the cartouches and numerous ships and aquatic sea monsters filling the empty spaces on the map.

In 3 sheets joined, now restored and laid to linen. Without the attribution to Tassin "Geographe ordinaire" or the date.

Tassin's background was as a military engineer. 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. Additionally, Christophe Tassin also published several small sized atlases with profiles of French towns and maps of the provinces.

A very early map from Tassin who authored the first atlas of the French coast "Cartes Generale et Particulieres de toutes le costes de France" in 1634. This map from Tassin's "Les cartes generales de toutes les provinces de France royaumes et provinces de l'Europe. Revues corrigées & augmentées par le Sieur Tassin geographe ordinaire de sa Magesté"

CREATOR: Tassin, Christophe Nicholas



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Signs of age as should be expected. No major issues. Restorations. Upper right corner restored in manuscript. Short margins. Laid down to help ensure a long life. Gorgeous.

COLORING: Original and quite beautiful hand coloring, touched up during restoration.


SIZE: 43 " x 20 "




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