VISSCHER, Nicolaes II (1649-1702). Atlas minor, sive totius orbis terrarum contracta delinea ex conatibus... Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher, ca 1740s
Folio (21 7/8 x 13 inches). Late 18th-century manuscript contents leaf listing 34 maps, further annotated in the 20th-century. Engraved allegorical title-page with exceptionally fine original hand-colour in full (laid down), double-page engraved Historical and Geographical table (1704), double-hemisphere world map (Shirley 578) and 34 double-page maps, including 2 folding, all with exceptional contemporary hand-colour in full (some early repairs to verso). 18th-century half calf, marbled paper boards (worn).
Provenance: 18th-century and 20th-century annotations to the contents leaf
An interesting composite atlas, including Allard's lovely world map, maps of the continents and 4 of Russia, maps of China, the East Indies, Ceylon, 4 of Africa, 4 of the Americas, 4 of the British Isles, and 6 of Scandinavia.
Carel Allard's (1648-1709) Planispheriam terrestre sive terrarum orbis... , a fine double hemisphere world map surrounded by eight smaller projections depicting the world from various angles, and for smaller circular diagrams, all against a dark cross-hatched background. California is shown as an island and the coastlines of New Zealand and Australia are shown in part
Allard's Recentissima Novi Orbis, sive Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis tabula of North and South America
Visscher's Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones adiacentes, a C. de May usque ad Linem Aequinoctialem
Visscher's Nova Tabula Geographica complectens Borealiorem Americae Partem: in qua exacte delineatae sunt Canada sive Nova Francia, Nova Scotia, Nova Anglia, Novum Belgium, Pensylvania, Virginia, Carolina, et Terra Nova
One of a series of mostly large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. 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 including 13 maps by Visscher, 6 by Allard, 2 by Blaeu, 2 by Christopher Browne, i by Overton, 3 by Valk and Schenk, 3 by Mortier, 3 by de Wit and 1 by Oleario.