Extremely rare English map of France, published in London by Peter Stent, first published by George Whitwell in 1592.
This map appeared in The suruay or topographical description of France with a new mappe . . . first published by John Eliot in 1592. While some descriptions call for a map engraved by Baptista Van Deutecum, it is believed that this map, in its first edition, was engraved for this work. The map was originally engraved by Charles Whitwell, and later revised by Stent in 1650 and again in 1655. Whitwell, an instrument mapmaker who worked in the last 16th and early 17th Century, is known to have engraved several maps, as well as pocket globes in silver.
The map is drawn from Plancius' map of France, which was also copied by Vrients for the later editions of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Stent's map is of the utmost rarity, with only one other example appearing at auction or in dealer catalogues in more than 20 years.