Fine example of Allard's scarce map of Zeeland, in fine old color.
Richly embellished, with over two dozen sailing ships, two compass roses, a small distance scale cartouche with a mermaid, and a large title cartouche complete with putti and hippocampi surrounding the coat of arms of Zeeland.
The map shows roads, polders, marshes, fortified cities, windmills and sandbars.
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.