JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664). Theatrum exhibens celebriores Galliae et Helvetiae urbes .. Illustriorum Regni Galliae civitatum tabulae ut et Helvetiae confoederatae civitates celebriores. [Jansson Townbooks volume V]. Amsterdam: .
2° (475 x 320mm) Latin text. Handcoloured engraved additional title with pasted letterpress overslip, heightened in gold, letterpress title undated, 41 double-page hand-coloured engraved town plans and views of France and Switzerland, all on guards. (Light browning particularly to margins, slight discolouration of green pigments to brown.) Original publishers vellum, gilt roll-tool borders and central gilt arabesques, spine flat in six compartments with gilt tooled motifs, (lacking ties).
A fine coloured example of Jansson's rare series of town views. Completed in eight volumes the townbooks covered the Low Countries, Germany, France and Switzerland, Scandinavia, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Far East. Jansson embarked on this ambitious project in the early 1650's having acquired the plates of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum from Abraham Hogenberg. Jansson engraved many new views and modified many of the original plates. Koeman II Ja 14.