Detailed antique map of the Iberian peninsula showing many towns, rivers, and other detail, published in Paris in the middle of the 17th century. The map includes a cartouche in the upper right corner, a scale bar in German and Spanish leagues, and a key denoting universities and ecclesiastical centers.
An inset map shows view shows the port of Cadiz in southernmost Spain. Buildings are shown, and a set of two towers, named the Towers of Hercules, are shown.
This map exists in several states. Tassin first published this map in 1637 but it was also published by Pierre Mariette in his Theatre Geographique in 1653. This map was also published several other times, all undated, except for a later 1682 example.
Nicolas Tassin (fl. 1633-55) was appointed 'royal cartographer' at Dijon before setting up as an engraver in Paris where he issued various collections of small maps and plans of France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Tassin first published his maps in his own atlas Cartes Generale de Toutes Les Provinces de France in 1634, with an enlarged second edition in 1637 (France, royaumes et provinces d'Europe).