VISSCHER, Nicolaes II (1649-1702). "Pomeraniae ducatus tabulam." Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher, c. 1690.
Single sheet (22 ¼ x 19 ½) Full margins showing the plate mark. (light foxing & browning along margin, light offsetting).
A stunning Visscher map of Brandenburg, including Mekelenburg and part of Pomerania. This map is taken from Vissher's compiled Atlas Minor siue Geographia Compendiosa, Qua Orbis Terrarum, per paucas attamen novissimas tabulas ostenditu.
An elegant title cartouche featuring two female figures, presumably Flora and Fauna, graces the upper left corner. The right is balanced out by a simple cartouche containing the Scale of Miles. The Baltic Sea is beautifully adorned with a compass rose and rhumb lines. This map is in excellent condition; the paper has toned from age with some browning and light foxing. The original hand-coloring looks fresh and beautiful; verso exhibits green oxidation.
Bradenburg started as a settled land by the Ottonian German kings of the 12th century. Over the centuries, powers shifted and Bradenburg was under control of several houses, duchies, and unions - predominantly belonging to the House of Hohenzollerns. Once Brandenburg converted to Protestantismt in the mid 16th century and Berlin was established as the economic capital, the city began to do quite well for itself. However, through the greed and expansion of the ruling House, Brandenburg entered a county union known as Bradenburg-Prussia and was in poor shape to defend itself during the Thirty Years' War of the 17th century. Beginning near the end of that devastating conflict, however, Brandenburg enjoyed a string of talented rulers who expanded their territory and power in Europe.
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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