Nice example of Carol Allard's map of Russia and much of Northern Europe.
Embellished with a decorative cartouche and coat of arms, plus sailing ships and sea monsters.
Based on the cartography of Isaac Massa. The map is an updated version of Hugo Allard's map, with a changed title and cartouche, but almost certainly the same plate.
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.