Decorative map of the Mediterranean and contiguous lands. The map was used to illustrate the Dutch Translation of the travel narrative of German explorer, Michiel Heberer. Heberer (1560-1623/33?) has been called der pfälzishe Robinson, or Robinson Crusoe of the Palatinate, because of his unlucky sea voyages recounted here. The engraved map shows Heberer's route around the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.