VISSCHER, Nicolaes II (1649-1702). "Tabula nova totius Regni Poloniae in quo sunt Ducatus et Provinciae Prussia, Cujavia, Mazovia, Russia Nigra, &c. Duactus Lithuania, Ukrania, &c. in qua Volhynia et Podolia. Cum suis Palatinatibus ac Confinijs." 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 map of Poland with neighboring parts Lithuania and parts of Prussia and Russia, extending to the Black Sea. This map is taken from Vissher's compiled Atlas Minor siue Geographia Compendiosa, Qua Orbis Terrarum, per paucas attamen novissimas tabulas ostenditu. The map is in excellent condition featuring original hand-coloring, and exhibiting a small amount of browning and foxing along the margin edge, and great ink oxidation on verso.
The unusual cartouche includes two windheads in traditional Polish headwear, a cheetah's head and two sets of bows and arrows; and is presented in elegant colors and an engraving style which is distinct from most works by Visscher. The map The map is drawn from Nicholaus Sanson's work from the mid-17th century. From the middle of the 17th century, Poland was in military conflict with Sweden, Rusland and Turkey. The developments of these conficts were eagerly followed in Europe. As a consequence, detailed maps with the movements of armies became very popular. Nicolaas Visscher tried to fulfill this need of his clients. Therefore, he had the map by Sanson copied and published the result as his own. Visscher properly credits Sanson in the Scale of Miles.
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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