Map of central Italy by Frederick de Wit (1630-1706) showing the grand duchy of Tuscany and the papal states. Title cartouche is decorated with the ball-motif shield of the Medici family; the papal states are represented by the Keys of St. Peter on a shield. Detail on the map includes a road that extends from Rimina on the Gulf of Venetia to Piacenza in the northeast. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map of France by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) includes Belgium and Luxembourg and parts of Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and England. Title cartouche depicts a Roman soldier and other allegorical figures. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map of Belgium by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702) with Luxembourg and parts of France, the Netherlands and Germany. Title cartouche in upper right corner shows resting warriors and cherubs. A harvest scene surrounds the scale in the lower left corner. Amsterdam. 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.
Ornate map of Savoy in the French alps by Joan Blaeu (1596-1673). Map is richly detailed with pictorial relief of mountains and watersheds. Putti hold the coat of arms of the dukes of Savoy above the title cartouche in the lower left corner. Other family crests from the regional duchies and baronies ring the map. First published by Blaeu's heirs after his death in his town book of Savoy and Piedmont (Theatrum Sabaudiae). Map was designed by Giovanni Tommaso Borgonio (1620-1683) and engraved by Johannes de Broen (1649-1730). Amsterdam. 52 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 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 the Italian piedmont by Thomas Blaeu (1596-1673). Similar to Tabula Generalis Sabaudiae by Blaeu and slightly overlapping in coverage. First published by Blaeu's heirs after his death in his town book of Savoy and Piedmont. Map was designed by Giovanni Tommaso Borgonio (1620-1683) and engraved by Johannes de Broen (1649-1730). Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
One of three maps by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702) collectively showing the entire length of the Danube. This map depicts the upper Danube from its start in Germany to Bratislava (Presburg on map). Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
One of three maps by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702) collectively showing the entire length of the Danube. This map covers the middle part of the river from Linz through Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, to just east of Belgrade. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
One of three maps by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702) collectively showing the entire length of the Danube. This map depicts the lower Danube from Belgrade to its mouth in the Black Sea. Amsterdam. 52 x 62cm.
Map by Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) covers the Danube River from Germany to the Black Sea. Depicts all of the Balkans, Hungary, Romania and parts of Austria, Italy and Germany. The map was apparently printed at the height of the Ottoman wars against the European powers in the late seventeenth century. A table in the lower left depicts the names of cities in the Hungarian kingdom that were lost to the Ottomans and when they were recovered to date. The latest date on the table is 1687. However, according to the table, the recapture of Buda (Budapest) took place in 1686 but an examination of Buda on the map reveals a date of 1688. Other known examples of this map include the recovery of Belgrade (Belgrado) in 1688 in the table although this version of the map does not. It is possible this map was printed immediately before the Siege of Belgrade in 1688 or after 1690 when the city was reclaimed by the Turks (and the subsequent reference to Belgrado in the table may have been expunged). Title cartouche depicts a Christian saint and the Hapsburg eagle. Amsterdam. 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.
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.
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
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.