Fine old color example of Carel Allard's rare map of Scotland.
This is one of the early states of the map. The map was apparently issued in several editions, the last by Covens & Mortier circa 1730. This edition pre-dates the Covens & Mortier imprint. The plate strike is quite dark, the color original and the paper very thick.
Carel (Carol) Allard (Allardt) (1648–1709) was an engraver and publisher based in Amsterdam. Part of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers, his father was engraver and publisher Hugo Allard (1627–1684), who left his business to Carel upon his death. Carel published anything in demand, including maps, topography, ethnography, newsprints, and restrikes of old plates of artistic prints, many of which likely came from his father’s stock. In 1706, Carel gave his copperplates to his son Abraham Allard, before going bankrupt.