"Europa Partium Orbis Terrae…", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 13 inches
45.2 x 33 cm
This scarce decorative map of Europe is densely engraved with place names and the topography of the continent, and extends to include part of Greenland and northern Africa. The map is richly embellished with a strapwork cartouche, animals, battling ships, and Neptune riding a sea monster.
Issued folding, now pressed, on watermarked paper. There are a few tiny spots of manuscript ink at top, and a fold separation that enters map at top has been professionally repaired.