"Nova Europae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1660 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 17 inches
55.4 x 43.2 cm
A stunning carte-a-figures map of Europe extending to include Iceland and a bit of Greenland. It is flanked at sides with portraits of eight European monarchs. Six vignette views at top show the cities of Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Seville and Prague. The map is very finely engraved and further embellished with a title cartouche surmounted by the personification of Europa.
Attractive later color with minor soiling. Backed with laid paper repairing several short tears and minor creases. Despite its flaws, still an acceptable example of a very decorative map that will be beautiful when framed.