Very rare map of Northern France and part of Belgium showing the coastal cities of Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne, Étaples and Rue, extending as far east as Douai and Cambrai.
By one of the great early-17th century Flemish cartographers, Pieter Verbiest.
The Verbiest family was a family of mapmakers, printers and publishers. The family fled after the fall of Antwerp to the Netherlands, but returned in 1609 for the duration of the twelve-year truce. The family set up shop in Antwerp at Op de lombaerde vest onder het uithangbord Americ sign, the only map publishing firm to return to the south and publishing.
The patriarch of the family, Pieter Verbiest (ca. 1560-1643) had two sons, among whom Peter II (1607-1669) was the most prolific. It is not always clear which of them was the author of a particular map. Their cartographic production mainly consisted of loose maps.
The firm never published a standard folio atlas, but did produce a small atlas of the Netherlands (1636).
All Verbiest maps tend to be very rare on the market.