Decorative map of Ireland by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702). Impressive title cartouche with Pan and the Gaelic harp. Highly decorative scale of miles references William III, king of England, Scotland and Ireland 1689-1702. Visscher created this map shortly after William Petty's exhaustive survey of Ireland (the Down Survey) was published. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map of the Kingdom of Scotland by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702). Cherubs, unicorn, lion and the Scottish coat of arms decorate the title cartouche and scale. Scale given in Scottish, German and French mileage. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
A very informative map of the road network with England and Wales. This map was cooperatively published by Nicholas Visscher (1649-1702), a cartographer from Amsterdam, and John Overton (1640-1708), a publisher from London. The imprint of Visscher and Overton tells the reader that the map may be bought in both Amsterdam and London. The maps title is enclosed in a decorative cartouche on the upper right. At the top of the title is the royal coat of arms supported by a lion and a unicorn and at the bottom is the shield of England. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map of the British Isles by Theodore Danckerts (1663-1727) also includes part of the European coast. The decorative title cartouche is in the upper right corner with putti supporting the shields of Scotland, Ireland and England; the mileage scale is given in the lower left corner. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map of Scandinavia by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) includes the Baltic and part of Russia. The title cartouche with an armorer's forge and Swedish coat of arms probably alludes to Sweden's power in the late seventeenth century. 52 x 62cm
In this map by Gerrit van Schagen (1642-1690) California is a large island, there is one Great Lake (Lac contenant), a large open lake in place of the western Great Lakes, and the conjectural Northwest Passage, with the Straits of Anian. The elaborate title cartouche at the bottom left contains scenes of native Americans hunting, panning for gold and a chief standing beneath an umbrella. Also, the map shows other small illustrations: a war being waged by Indians in South America and a figure lying in a hammock. There is a large vignette at the top left of Neptune and his sons, the Tritons. 51 x 62cm.
The map by Gerritt Van Schagen (1642-1690) captures the European misconceptions of Africa typical of the late seventeenth century. The Nile appears to be rising from the three lakes of Zaire, Zembre and Zafflan. The prime meridian, the zero-degree longitude line, is plotted through the Canary Islands which to the ancients was the western edge of the inhabited world. The interior is decorated with monkeys, elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, leopard and ostriches. The sea is decorated with ships, whales and flying fish. The title cartouche in the upper left right is surrounded by two Africans, one holding a scorpion and the other a cornucopia with sea sprites at their feet. The elaborate decoration at the lower left is Neptune surrounded by his wife, Amphitrite, and their sons, the Tritons, along with Nereids, the sea nymphs. 52 x 62cm.
Map of Asia by Gerrit Van Schagen (1642-1690) showing the north coast of Australia and part of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Title cartouche on lower left shows Tritons, sea nymphs and Nereids. On upper left costumed natives are shown with a palm tree, monkey and beaver. 52 x 62cm.
Map of Europe by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) includes western Russia and Iceland. The title cartouche on left supported by putti. Other embellishments show the abduction of Europa by Zeus, a sea monster and ships on the oceans. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
This double hemisphere map by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) is accompanied by two small hemispheres based on the North and South Poles. The South Pole only includes the southernmost tip of South America. The North Pole shows parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Four scenes surround the map and symbolize the four elements: fire, air, earth and water. In the upper left scene fire is symbolized with a scene of war and destruction and by Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guarded the gate to Hades. The upper right scene is of air with Olympus and the zodiac. The bottom left depicts earth with a pastoral scene symbolizing peace. Ships, a sea monster (whale), Neptune with his wife Amphitrite and their sons, the Tritons, all represent water in the lower right scene. "M King" 1811" written on upper right. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.