A beautiful example of the title page to the ‘Atlas Minor’ of Nicolaas Visscher II (1649-1702). He inherited the shop of his father of the same upon his death in 1679. The following year he married Elizabeth Verseyl of Gouda. In 1682 he applied to the States of Holland and West Friesland for a patent for printing and publishing maps, it was granted the same year. From about 1683 he first published the ‘Atlas Minor’. A second patent was granted in 1697. Following his death in 1702 his widow Elizabeth Verseyl continued the business successfully until her death in 1726. This title page is designed and engraved by Gerard de Lairesse who signed it to the right of the lion. He also produced titles for Joan Blaeu’s town books. Koeman (1967-70) III pp. 150-55; Tooley’s Dictionary.