Reproduction Old World Map. For nearly a century the members of the Visscher family were important art dealers and map publishers in Amsterdam. While similar to Blaeu's Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula , in this version, Visscher included updates to show the discoveries around Hudson Bay and shows the St. Lawrence River extending to a small lake in the middle of North America. Each corner features a female allegorical representation of the continents; Europa in a pastoral setting, Asia seated on a camel, America as a warrior queen riding an armadillo and Africa reclining on a crocodile. Surrounding the map are exquisitely detailed panels including twelve Roman emperors on horseback. Six vignettes of principal cities are featured on the side panels of the map. Two polar insets fill the bottom corners and a cartouche in the interior of North America tells of the discovery of America by Columbus, mistakenly dating the voyage to 1592, just one of the many charming details found in this fascinating map. This fine example of ornate cartographic style is printed on 100% cotton, carefully hand-finished and assembled with silken hanging cord. Staffs are made of iron with brass knobs. Imported from Italy. (See close up detail photos below.)
Dimensions: 39" x 32"
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs.
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