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The Antilles by Nicolaes Visscher I. c. 1682

"This map is derived from the long lineage of maps that began with the Hessel Gerritsz sea chart of c.1631. Of all those before, no other embraced interior detail. Cartographically it is not so innovative, utilising older Dutch geography. No mention is made, for instance, of the English presence in Carolina. Two baroque cartouches adorn opposite corners enclosing the title and the scale of miles. The map appeared in Visscher atlases entitled Atlas Minor. Those called the Atlas Contractus are generally accepted by Nicolaas Visscher I. Both Visscher atlases are largely composite; that is, their contents vary, the Atlas Minor averaging around 100 maps; Visscher's privilege was renewed in 1697. In 1702 he died, and the business was continued with some considerable vigour by his widow Elizabeth, who maintained the Atlas Minor. One atlas survives with the title of Atlas Major. With her dead in 1726, the famous firm began by Claes Jansz. Visscher, sometime before 1608, passed out of the family and into the hands of Andries de Leth. Many of the plates were disposed of to Petrus Schenk II at a date that is unknown, possibly before the death of Elizabeth, but after the death of Schenk's father c. 1718/19. The map appears in examples of his Atlas Contractus, which is similarly undated and composite in nature, until c.1740." (Burden)


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Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a. C. de May usque ad Lineam AEquinoctialem.

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Item Number:  28553
Category:  Antique maps > America > West Indies
References: Portinaro - Knirsch - #82; Burden - #531 state 2

Old, antique map of Antilles, by Nicolaes Visscher I.

Title: Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a. C. de May usque ad Lineam AEquinoctialem.
Per Nicolaum Visscher.
Cum Privilegio Ordinum Hollandiae et Westfrisiae.

Date of the first edition: c. 1680.
Date of this map: c. 1682.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 465 x 570mm (18.31 x 22.44 inches).
Sheet size: 540 x 615mm (21.26 x 24.21 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, minor offsetting.
Condition Rating: A.
References: Portinaro & Knirsch #82; Burden, #531, State 2

From: Atlas Contractus Orbis Terrarum Praecipuas ac Novissimas Complectens Tabulas. Amsterdam, N. Visscher, c. 1682. (Koeman III, Vis5-8)

"This map is derived from the long lineage of maps that began with the Hessel Gerritsz sea chart of c.1631. Of all those before, no other embraced interior detail. Cartographically it is not so innovative, utilising older Dutch geography. No mention is made, for instance, of the English presence in Carolina. Two baroque cartouches adorn opposite corners enclosing the title and the scale of miles. The map appeared in Visscher atlases entitled Atlas Minor. Those called the Atlas Contractus are generally accepted by Nicolaas Visscher I. Both Visscher atlases are largely composite; that is, their contents vary, the Atlas Minor averaging around 100 maps; Visscher's privilege was renewed in 1697. In 1702 he died, and the business was continued with some considerable vigour by his widow Elizabeth, who maintained the Atlas Minor. One atlas survives with the title of Atlas Major. With her dead in 1726, the famous firm began by Claes Jansz. Visscher, sometime before 1608, passed out of the family and into the hands of Andries de Leth. Many of the plates were disposed of to Petrus Schenk II at a date that is unknown, possibly before the death of Elizabeth, but after the death of Schenk's father c. 1718/19. The map appears in examples of his Atlas Contractus, which is similarly undated and composite in nature, until c.1740." (Burden)


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