Corona Portugalliae cum ei affinibus Regnis Hispanicis WITH Exactissima et plane Nova Tabula, in qua summa cura delineate invetus Arragoniae Regissima et Navarrae, una cum Cataloniae Principatu; utque Galliae conterminis WITH Hispaniae utque Portugalliae WITH Curiosa Nova Tabula Complectens Regnum Valentiae et Murciae.
4 sheets, (21 1⁄8 x 24 ½ inches each). Fine engraved wall map of the Iberian peninsula, with SPLENDID ORIGINAL HAND COLOR IN FULL, the individual regions shown in different bold watercolors of pink, green, and yellow and HEIGHTENED WITH LIQUID GOLD, decorated with a fine compass rose pointing north with a GOLD-ENHANCED FLEUR-DE-LIS, explanatory text within a LARGE ARMORIAL CARTOUCHE, surrounded by a border of yellow wash (short marginal tear not affecting image, old central fold, slightly toned).
A BRILLIANTLY HAND-COLORED wall map of Spain and Portugal in four sheets, with ELABORATE LIQUID GOLD HIGHLIGHTS, with explanatory text in both French and Dutch within a large cartouche, decorated with an a BRILLIANTLY COLORED COAT-OF-ARMS. The text is in two panels, French on the left and Dutch on the right, and is entitled “General Division of the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal.” It names the kingdom, principalities, and regions, and gives the major cities of each. Here, it tells us that Spain contains 11 kingdoms, 3 principalities, and the country of Estremadura. The 11 kingdoms are: Galicia, Leon, Old Castile, Navarro, Aragon, New Castile, Andalusia, Grenada, Valencia, Murcia, and the Islands of Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza (as one). The principalities are Asturias, Biscay, and Catalonia. Portugal (“in which is included Algarve”) is “divided in 5 principal parts” and listed in order from north to south: Entre Minho e Douro, Tra Los Montes, Beira, Estremadura Lisbon, and Alentejo.
Allard was part of a family of map publishers that flourished in Amsterdam during the 17th century, publishing the work of the most illustrious mapmakers of the time, including Blaeu, Jansson, and Visscher. Carel Allard had perfected his style of engraving, and extended his skill beyond maps to engrave portraits of English royalty (in particular William and Mary) and other important subjects.