VISSCHER, Nicolaes (1649-1702) [and others]. Atlas minor, sive geographia compendiosa qua orbis terrarum per paucas attamen novissimas tabulas ostenditura. Amsterdam: Nicolaes Visscher, [ca 1694 or later].
2° (524 x 338 mm). Engraved title (cut round and laid down), letterpress title, 156 engraved maps, charts and views (6 folding), of all parts of the world by Nicolaes Visscher and other mostly Dutch mapmakers, MAPS AND TITLES FINELY COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, a few maps heightened in gold, mounted on guards, the maps variously numbered in ink at upper left, lower or upper right, and/or on versos (some light staining, a few maps with repairs on verso, minor worming to upper outer corner of approximately 30 maps mostly marginal). Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired, rubbed.)
A fine composite atlas, belonging to the series of large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Atlases of this period frequently varied in composition according to the customer's request. The assemblage here follows a natural geographical order. The general contents are as follows: 1 celestial map by Ludovico Vlasblom after Johannes van Keulen; Seutter, “Sphaerae Artificiales;” double-hemisphere map, by Visscher (Shirley 406); maps of the North and South Poles; Visscher, “Europa.” 128 European maps including: Spain (4); France (9); Britain (7) Low Countries (36); Germany, including present-day Austria and Switzerland (34), Italy (8); Scandinavia (17); Eastern Europe (i.e, Russia, Livonia, Poland, Prussia, Hungary and Greece, 13); 9 maps of Asia; 3 maps of Africa and 10 maps of the Americas including: Visscher, Totius Americae: Jaillot, Amerique Septentrionale, Paris, 1694; Jaillot Amerique Meridionale, Paris, 1694 and 7 others. 90 maps are by Nicolaes Visscher; the remainder are by Frederick de Wit (29), Homann (11); Seutter (7); Jaillot (4) and others.
Visscher atlases of this scope, condition, and quality of coloring are RARE. Koeman lists 30 atlases published by the Visscher family from 1634 to after 1708; of these, only 3 (Vis 25, 27 and 28, published by the widow of Nicolaes Visscher II) contain more maps than the present example.