HISPANIAE ET PORTUGALLIAE REGNA

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A finely engraved and detailed map of Spain and Portugal, issued by Nicholas Visscher . A large decorative title piece supports the royal coats of arms.

Original hand colour

V Good condition

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code : M3710

Cartographer : Family

Date : 1690

Size : 45.5 x 55.5 cms

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Among the many great Dutch map publishers active in the seventeenth century were the Visscher family; the firm was begun by Claes Jansz Visscher (1587-1652), and subsequently included his son Nicolaas (1618-1679), grandson Nicolaas II (1649-1702) and then his grandson’s widow, Elizabeth, until her death in 1726.

Although mainly art dealers, the Visschers were prolific publishers, producing individual maps and also atlases made up to their customers’ specifications. Indeed, they are commonly regarded as second only to the Blaeus among Dutch map-makers for the high quality of engraving and decoration and the geographical accuracy of their many maps. Particularly outstanding - not only as maps but as works of art - are their world maps.