Little is known of Pieter Verbiest (c.1605-93), an engraver, cartographer and publisher in Antwerp. He is believed to have been the brother of Isaak Verbiest. This is his earliest known work completed when he was about 24 years old and until this discovery its existence was not known. It is derived loosely from Claes Janszoon Visscher’s prototype c.1623. The main difference is that the paired figures in the panels of the Visscher are now represented by single figures. The town plans are also altered and London is now expanded top centre. Schilder identifies two states of the map and has located other examples of the first state since, including two at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Schilder (2000) map 88, pp. 365-6; Shirley (1991) 410; Tooley Dictionary.