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Shirley was unclear about the attribution of this map to Nicolaas Visscher I or his son of the same name. Geographically it is like the earlier Visscher map of 1658, the only difference occurring around Anian. California is depicted as an island and a distinct New Holland omits the east coast as expected. The decoration, however, is different but still highly ornate. Scenes of the signs of the zodiac are accompanied by cherubs. The map was included in examples of Visscher’s ‘Atlas Minor’ and is here in its second state with the addition of a privilege below the title. Nicolaas Visscher II (1649-1702), inherited the shop of his father 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. Koeman (1967-70) III pp. 150-55, 178 no. 84; Shirley (1993) 486.
VISSCHER, Nicolaas Jansz.

Novissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Amsterdam, c.1679-[c.90]
425 x 525 mm., in good condition.
Stock number: 8419


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