Beautiful full-color example of Nicholas Visscher's highly influential double-hemisphere map of the world map, first published in 1658.
Rodney Shirley (406) describes Visscher's map thusly:
. . . Visscher's new world map in two hemispheres can be regarded as the master forerunner of a number of highly decorative Dutch world maps produced throughout the remainder of the century. Essentially based upon Blaeu's [wall map of the World] of 1648 . . . the distinct attractiveness of many of the later seventeenth century Dutch world maps can be found in their border decorations . . . [in Visscher's map], artist Nicolaes Berchem has introduced dramatic classical scenes representing the rape of Persephone, Zeus being carried across the heavens in an eagle-drawn chariot, Poseidon commanding his entourage, and Demeter receiving the fruits of the Earth.
Visscher's map also includes a set of smaller polar hemispheric projections at the top and bottom of the map. Visscher's world map would become the prototype for not only a generation of large format Dutch world maps but also a series of reduced-sized biblical world maps by Stoopendahl and others.