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Antique maps > america > west indies > Antique map of the Antilles by N. Visscher.
Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes. - Visscher N., ca. 1678.
Map of the Antilles by N. Visscher, oriented to the North
Size: 46.5 x 57cm (18.1 x 22.2 inches)
Condition: Old coloured, lower centrefold split reinforced, some offsetting.
Condition Rating: B
References: Portinaro & Knirsch 82; Burden, 531, State 2.
From: Atlas Contractus Orbis Terrarum Praecipuas ac Novissimas Complectens Tabulas. Amsterdam, N. Visccher, c.1682. (Koeman III, Vis5-8)
"This map is derived from the long lineage of maps that began with the Hessel Gerritsz sea chart of c.1631. Of all those before no other embraced interior detail. Cartographically it is not so innovative, utilising older Dutch geography. No mention is made, for instance, of the English presence in Carolina. Two baroque cartouches adorn opposite corners enclosing the title and the scale of miles. The map appeared in Visscher atlases entitled Atlas Minor. Those called the Atlas Contractus are generally accepted to be by Nicolaas Visscher I. Both Visscher atlases are largely composite in nature, that is their contents vary, the Talas Minor averaging around 100 maps, Visscher's privilege was renewed in 1697. In 1702 he died and the busines was continued with some considerable vigour by his widow Elizabeth, who maintained the Atlas Minor. One atlas survives with the title of Atlas Major. With her dead in 1726 the famous firm begun by Claes Jansz. Visscher sometime before 1608, passed out of the family and into the hands of Andries de Leth. Many of the plates were disposed of to Petrus Schenk II, at a date that is unknown, possibly before the death of Elizabeth, but after the death of Schenk's father c. 1718/19. The map appears in examples of his Atlas Contractus, which is similarly undated and composite in nature, until c.1740." (Burden)
Item number: 24407
Price: 1000 Euro
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