Allardt's rare map of Greece, including all of the Aegean, the Carpathian Sea, Crete and the islands west of Peloponesia. Includes sailing ships, sea monsters and other decorative features. Large decorative cartouche. A nice old color example, with a minor soft vertical crease on the right side of the map. While Jansson's map of Hellas appears on the market periodically, the Hugo Allardt edition is quite rare, with no examples appearing in dealer catalogues in the past 25 years. Zacharakis 82.
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.