Title: Comitatus Hannoniae Tabula
Published : Amsterdam circa 1698 by Nicolaes Visscher
Size : circa 19 x 23 inches.
Coloring : fine antique handcoloring
Condition: Good unfolded map, with almost no browning and just very few wormholes - Pleae see pictures
This Map is an impressive original example of 17th Century cartography. Cities of present day in southern Belgium: Mons (the capital of Hainaut), Ath, Tournai and Charleroi are engraved in detail. Also the northern French centers of Valeniciennes, CambraI and Quesnoy are represented. This map covers the area as far west as Flanders, as far east as Brabant and south to Picardy. A large and finely engraved cartouche occupies the upper left corner. Tables dealing with systems of distance and pictorial classifications of cities, towns, fortifications, cathedrals, monasteries, churches, etc., are seen to the lower left.
Map Maker Family:
The Visscher family were prominent Dutch map publishers for nearly a century. The Visscher cartographic story beings with Claes Jansz Visscher ( 1587 - 1652 ) who established the firm in Amsterdam near the offices of Pieter van den Keer and Jadocus Hondius. Many hypothesize that Visscher may have been one of Hondius's pupils and, under examination, this seems logical. The first Visscher maps appear around 1620 and include numerous individual maps as well as an atlas compiled of maps by various cartographers including Visscher himself. Upon the death of Claes, the firm fell into the hands of his son Nicholas Visscher I, and would, in turn, eventually be passed on to his son, Nicholas Visscher II. Most of the maps bearing the Visscher imprint were produced by these two men. Many Visscher maps also bear the imprint Piscator (a Latinized version of Visscher) and often feature the image of an elderly fisherman. Upon the death of Nicholas Visscher II, the business was carried on by the widowed Elizabeth Visscher until it was eventually sold to Peter Schenk ORIGINAL ANTIQUE COPPER PLATE ENGRAVING With fine hand coloring.
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