Title: Nassovia Principatus Cum omnibus ei pertinentibus Comitatibus Dominiis ac Praefecturis ut et Confiniis intra Lahnun, Rhenum, et Moenum Flumina, ad situm verum exacte delineatus a Joh. Jac. Stetter. U.J.L. Idstenio-Nassovio....
Published : Amsterdam circa 1680 by Nicolaes Visscher
Size : circa 19 x 23 inches.
Coloring : fine antique handcoloring
Condition: Very good unfolded map, with almost no browning - Please see pictures
This Map is an impressive original example of 17th Century cartography. It shows the Rhine and Moselle Region, including Mainz, Koblenz, Saarbrücken, Frankfurt and more. This map covers the area as far west as Koblenz, as far east as Giessen. The most nothern city is Münchhausen and the furthest south is Bingen. 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 right.
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.
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