Beautifully engraved map, from the larger-format suite of continental maps made by Van Der Aa in 1713.
The map stretches from the Caspian in the east to Iceland (albeit incorrectly located) in the west.
These Van Der Aa continental maps are recognizable for their attractive cartouches. This Europe map features an allegorical image of Europe as a queen surrounded by various symbols of the continent.
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.