Nicolaes Visscher I
42.7 x 56.1 cms
Nicolaes Visser's very decorative map of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, including modern day Belarus and Ukraine, and extending all the way to the Black Sea in the lower left. The map includes a lot of topographic detail and as well as the cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Vienna, Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Kiev and Odessa.
In the upper right, beneath the scalebar, Visscher attributes the map to Nicolas Sanson, one of very few Visscher maps to follow Sanson's work instead of earlier Dutch maps.
A pristine collector's example, in beautiful original color.
"For nearly a century the members of the Visscher family were important art dealers and map publishers in Amsterdam. The founder of the business, Claes Janszoon Visscher, had premises near to those of Pieter van den Keere and Jodocus Hondius whose pupil he may have been.
From about 1620 he designed a number of individual maps, including one of the British Isles, but his first atlas consisted of maps printed from plates bought from van den Keere and issued as they stood with some additions of his own, including historical scenes of battles and sieges for which he had a high reputation.
Some maps bear the latinized form of the family name: Piscator. After Visscher's death his son and grandson, both of the same name, issued a considerable number of atlases, constantly revised and brought up to date but most of them lacking an index and with varying contents.
The widow of Nicholaes Visscher II carried on the business until it finally passed into the hands of Pieter Schenk."
(Moreland & Bannister).