Old Map of Burgundy, France by Visscher, 1690: Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Belfort, Parc naturel régional du Morvan
Old Map of Burgundy, France by Visscher, 1690: Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Belfort, Parc naturel régional du Morvan
Old Map of Burgundy, France by Visscher, 1690: Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Belfort, Parc naturel régional du Morvan
Old Map of Burgundy, France by Visscher, 1690: Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Belfort, Parc naturel régional du Morvan

Old Map of Burgundy, France by Visscher, 1690: Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Belfort, Parc naturel régional du Morvan

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning detail of the 'Utriusque Burgundiae, tum Ducatus tum Comitatus, Descriptio', an exquisite map crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Translated from Latin, the title reads, 'Description of both the Duchy and County of Burgundy', revealing the map's focus on these specific regions within the larger modern-day area of France. This map offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, presenting a unique perspective on the political divisions and geographical layout of the time.

The map features a variety of notable cities and landmarks, each depicted with meticulous precision. Among these are Dijon, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Belfort, all of which have played significant roles in the history of France. The map also includes the Parc naturel régional du Morvan, a regional natural park that is a testament to the country's diverse landscapes and natural beauty.

Hand-colored in outline, this engraved map is a work of art in its own right. It presents a visually appealing depiction of towns, fortifications, forests, waterways, canals, mountains, and landmarks. The use of decorative cartouches and coats of arms adds an extra layer of historical context and aesthetic appeal, making this map not only an informative piece but also a decorative one.

The 'Utriusque Burgundiae, tum Ducatus tum Comitatus, Descriptio' is more than just a map; it is a historical document that tells a story of a time and place. It provides a snapshot of the Duchy and County of Burgundy in the late 17th century, offering insight into the political, geographical, and cultural landscape of the era. This map is a must-have for any lover of history, geography, or cartography, providing an opportunity to explore and appreciate the intricate details of this fascinating region.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchy of Burgundy

  • Dijon: Known as the capital of the historic Duchy of Burgundy, Dijon is a city of art, history, and gastronomy.
  • Besançon: The capital of the Free County of Burgundy, known for its well-preserved historical center and the Vauban citadel.
  • Chalon-sur-Saône: An important commercial center during the Middle Ages, known for its vibrant arts scene.
  • Autun: Founded during the Roman Empire, Autun was a major center of education in the Middle Ages.
  • Beaune: Known for its historic hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, and its world-renowned vineyards.
  • Mâcon: A city known for its wine and for the Lamartine Museum, dedicated to the poet Alphonse de Lamartine.
  • Auxerre: Known for its medieval core, Auxerre is home to several notable historic monuments.
  • Nevers: The ducal palace in Nevers is a testament to the city's importance during the Middle Ages.
  • Sens: Known for its cathedral, one of the earliest Gothic buildings in the country.
  • Montbard: The birthplace of the naturalist Buffon, and home to a beautiful chateau.

County of Burgundy

  • Belfort: Known for its strategic location and its monumental citadel.
  • Lons-le-Saunier: Known for its thermal baths, the city is also the birthplace of Rouget de Lisle, the composer of the French national anthem.
  • Dole: The former capital of the County of Burgundy, known for its well-preserved medieval center.
  • Pontarlier: An important center for absinthe production.
  • Gray: Known for its Renaissance architecture, particularly the Gray basilica.
  • Vesoul: Known for its art and archaeology museum.
  • Montbéliard: Known for its castle and its role as a center of the Lutheran faith in France.
  • Salins-les-Bains: Known for its salt mines, which have been in operation since the Middle Ages.
  • Ornans: The birthplace of the painter Gustave Courbet.
  • Poligny: Known for its cheese production, particularly Comté.

Natural Phenomena

  • Parc naturel régional du Morvan: A regional natural park known for its forests, lakes, and archaeological sites.
  • Jura Mountains: A popular destination for outdoor activities, from hiking to cross-country skiing.
  • Saône River: One of the major rivers in eastern France, known for its gentle, navigable waters.
  • Doubs River: Known for its deep valley and the picturesque Saut du Doubs waterfall.
  • Ognon River: A tributary of the Saône, the Ognon River valley is known for its beautiful landscapes.

Historical Events

  • The Treaty of Nijmegen (1678): This series of peace treaties ended various interconnected wars among France, the Dutch Republic, Spain, Brandenburg, Sweden, Denmark, the Prince-Bishopric of Münster, and the Holy Roman Empire.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672–1678): This conflict, also known as the Dutch War, had significant battles and sieges in the region.
  • The construction of Vauban's fortifications: In the late 17th century, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Louis XIV's military engineer, constructed a series of fortifications in cities like Besançon and Belfort, which are still standing today.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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