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Double hemispherical map, with 2 smaller celestial spheres, 12 panels of allegorical figures and scenes depicting the seasons and elements, engraved map by Pieter Goos.
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Credit Library and Archives Canada
Engraver: Goos, Pieter, ca. 1616-1675.
Biography / Administrative history
Claes Jansz Visscher was born in Amsterdam in 1587. He started his career as an engraver and at one point was a pupil of Jodocus Hondius. He later became known as a publisher. He became famous for his etches of Dutch landscapes and of historical scenes, such as seiges, battles, etc. In 1623 he is known to have purchased copperplates of an atlas from Pieter van der Keere. Visscher died in 1640 and his business was carried on by his son Nicolaes Visscher I. (Source: Koeman, Dr. Ir. C. "Atlantes Needlandici, v. 3)
Map includes an error in the cartouche titled "America" which describes America as first discovered by Chrisitopher Columbus in 1592 and subsequently by Armerigo Vespucci in 1599
Cartouche appearing on right hand hemisphere states: Nicolaus Ioannis Visscherius Tabellam hanc excudit, Amstelodami Anno. 1638. Pieter Goos, Sculpsité
Text on verso entitled: Inleyding tot de beschrijving der Wereldt en harer deelen.
Shirley states that this copy is State 1 of the map.
Visscher's name means 'fisherman', and on this 1638 edition it is given first in its Latin translation, Piscator, and also with Latin names Nicolaus and Ioannis, followed by Visscherius, a latinised ending of his surname.
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Citation / reference note
Wagner, v. II, Entry 334.
Availability of other formats note
1. World - Maps - Early works to 1800.
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