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Fine example of Nicolas Visscher's map of Europe.

Among the many great Dutch map publishers active in the 17th Century were the Visscher family, begun by Claes Jansz Visscher (1587-1652) and continued by his son Nicolaas (1618-1679), grandson Nicolaas II (1649-1702) and then by his grandson's widow, Elizabeth until her death in 1726. Although mainly art dealers, the Visschers were prolific publishers, producing individual maps and also atlases made up to their customers' specifications.

This map of Europe is particularly attractive; finely engraved with discreet decorative sailing ships, monsters and compass roses adorning the seas. In the lower right hand corner of the map a dedication to Simoni Van Hoorn of Amsterdam is shown complete with family arms.