"Europa", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach
Period: 1596 (published)
Publication: Europae Totius Terrarum Orbis Partis Praestantissimae...
Color: Hand Color
10.4 x 7.7 inches
26.4 x 19.6 cm
This rare detailed copper engraving of the continent draws primarily from maps by Ortelius and Mercator. The continent is filled with place names, so much so that the countries are identified through a lettered key which appears at left. Major rivers and mountain ranges are noted, as well as a few forested areas. The map is adorned with a large tent encampment in Russia, a strapwork title cartouche, and stipple-engraved seas. Engraved by Quad himself, as evidenced by his initial "Q" in the lower-right corner. Latin text on verso.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #236-2.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with marginal soiling. There are several tears at bottom left that have been repaired with old paper, far from image.