This is a miniature map, 3 3/8" by 4 7/8" inside the mat, titled at upper right "EUROPA", and bearing at lower right the name of the engraver cartographer, Pieter van den Keere (Petrus Kaerius). The entire sweep of Europe is shown, from Greenland and Atlantic islands on the west to as far east as Turkey, the Middle East, and "Tartaria". Kaerius (circa 1571-1646) was born in the Low Countries and fled to London due to religious persecution, in 1584. There he became established in engraving maps, becoming associated with map publisher George Humble, who was associated with John Speed. Speed's pocket atlas size maps became very popular and today they are commonly known in the map trade as "miniature Speeds". I am not a map specialist and have compiled the above information after a web search, so I might be a little inaccurate on these details. This example is very clean and fresh, with blue hand coloring of the seas and oceans and red dots where the cities are. I have not examined this out of the frame. On the reverse side is an old label of a London map and print dealer, Baynton-Williams, 70 Old Brompton Road, as well as a typed yellowed bit of paper with "Keere. 1627. 5 (Pounds symbol)" on it. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS IN MY SHOP.
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