"Novissima Regni Scotiae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Tabula…", Allard, Carel
Period: 1697 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.2 x 19.8 inches
58.9 x 50.3 cm
This is an early state of Allard's map, before it was acquired by Covens & Mortier. It features two decorative cartouches, Scotland's coat of arms surrounded by putti, a compass rose, and an inset map of the Orkney Islands. The large title cartouche is surrounded by mythical figures, including Mercury, Neptune, Pan, and a female figure representing Britain. The map is dedicated to Nicolas Witsen, mayor of Amsterdam. His coat of arms is at lower left, surrounded by putti holding a scale and various weapons. The map provides particularly good detail of the Western Isles.
References: Moir, p. 176.
Exquisite original color on heavy paper with separations at centerfold at top and bottom, just entering border. The top margin is narrow as issued.