VISSCHER, Nicolaes (1618-1679). Jamaica : Americae Septentrionalis ampla insula ; a Christophoro Columbo detecta, in suas gubernationes peraccuratè distincta. Amsterdam: Peter Schenk, after 1709.
Single sheet (22 x 25 4/8 inches, full margins showing the plate mark). A SUPERB engraved map of Jamaica with original colour in full, the title within an uncoloured elaborate allegorical cartouche, with one small compass rose, and lines of latitude and longitude.
A magnificent, large scale and beautiful map from one of a series of large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers, who were among the leading producers of maps in Amsterdam at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, founded by Nicholas Visscher, whose work is known for the high quality of engraving, exceptionally fine ornament, and accurate geographical information.
Although born in Germany Schenk was apprenticed as an engraver under the tutelage of Gerard Valk in Amsterdam, who was to become his business partner, and with whom he published plates, and several important maps and atlases including the "Atlas Contractus." In about 1709 they bought Visscher's engraved copper plates from his widow.