Rare Hugo Allard map of Spain, which appears to be drawn from Visscher's carte-a-figures map of 1623.
Visscher's map of 1623 is one of the most decorative and sought after maps of Spain from the early 17th Century. The map was later copies by Danckerts, after 1640. The present map, engraved by Lhullier in 1662 (see lower right corner) and bearing the name of Hugo Allard is extremely rare, with the only example we can locate having been one of 37 maps in Lot 9 of the Wardington Sale (October 5, 2005), where was listed as item #16 in the collation.
The map is of further note fo listing Allardt's address as "Hugo Allardt excudit jnde Kalver straet inde Werrelt Caert."
We have not located any other examples of this rare map.
Hugo (or Huych) Allard (or Allardt) (1627–1684) was a draughtsman, engraver, and painter during the Dutch Golden Age of cartography. Based in Tournai and Amsterdam, he was the founder of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers. Allard set up his cartography business around 1645, and his first works were mostly reissues of earlier maps. Although not as prominent as the Blaeu family or Henricus Hondius and Jan Janssonius, Hugo Allard’s work, from about 1640 to 1680, is considered to be just as fine in quality. His output was relatively small, and his maps were mostly published as loose, separate issues, but they were well designed and finely engraved. After Allard’s death in 1691, he left his business to his son, Carel.