Exceptional Original Hand-Color in Full.
Beautiful antique engraved map of the Government of Lyon, now part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, published by Mortier in Amsterdam circa 1692.
The map is a masterclass in late-17th century Dutch hand-coloring, with vibrant and finely executed colors in the geography, but most notably in the wonderful allegorical lion skin cartouche as well.
Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.