Decorative map of the region bounded by Italy, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily in the west and extending to Cyprus, Asia Minor and the Holy Land in the east. Centered on Greece and the Balkans.
The map was engraved to illustrate a Dutch translation of the Nicolaus Schmidt's voyages from Brandenburg through the Black Sea and Mediterranean, including Tripoli and North Africa.
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.