VISSCHER, Nicolaes II (1649-1702). Atlas Minor siue Geographia Compendiosa, Qua Orbis Terrarum, per paucas attamen novissimas tabulas ostenditur. “Europa delineata et recen edita per Nicolaum Visscher.” Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher, 1690
Single sheet (22 ¼ x 19 ½) Full margins showing the plate mark. (Very light foxing along margin).
A stunning map of Europe outlined by the renowned Nicolaes Visscher. Taken from the Atlas Minor, the map was printed from a copper engraving.
This decorative map of Europe is depicted with the neighboring Iceland, Russia and parts of Asia Minor and North Africa. The care and craftsmanship that was undertaken to engrave the map with many place names is stunning. There are added detailed engraved and hand colored political borders of the individual countries of Europe.
This map of Europe is further embellished with a figurative ornate title cartouche, ships and small scene of whale fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. It is notable to mention that the frequent “trademark” of the Visscher cartographers is a fisherman – taken from their namesake. This early form of a logo is one of the key traits experts look for in identifying true Visscher maps.
A small text cartouche, with a dedication to Simon van Horn, sit in the lower right hand. Van Hoorn was a successful mayor of Amsterdam from 1659 to 1667 and one of the head curators of Athenaeum Illustre. Visscher and Van Hoorn knew of each other, and frequented the similar social circles.
“Nobilissimo Prudent. Domino D. Simoni Van Hoorn, Consuli et Senatori Urbis Asmtelaedamensis &c. Ordinum Belgicae Foederatae nomine ad Magnae Britanniae Regem nuper Legato extraordinario”
The Atlas Minor is a fine and comprehensive composite atlas, and one of a series of large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers in the 17th century. Founded by Nicholas Visscher, this work is known for the high quality of engraving, exceptionally fine ornament, and accurate geographical information. No two of the Visscher atlases seem to have been identical in content, and most contain, like this one, a selection of maps by the Visschers themselves as well as other cartographers. In this case the majority of the maps are published by Visscher. In addition to the striking world map by Allard with its black background and numerous projections, and found in the "Atlas Major" from about 1705, there are maps of the continents, regional maps of Europe, ten maps of Asia, and seven maps related to America.
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