"Europa", Quad, Matthias von Kinckelbach
Period: 1600 (circa)
Color: Black & White
10.3 x 7.6 inches
26.2 x 19.3 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. Blank verso.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with wide margins and a hint of toning along edges of sheet.