"Totius Fluminis Rheni Novissima Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Rhine River
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 18.3 inches
52.8 x 46.5 cm
Two maps one sheet, one above the other, charting the course of the Rhine River. Beginning on the top map, from its spring at the Bodensee in Switzerland, the river flows through the eastern part of Germany and transitions to the bottom map to show its course through western Germany, the Netherlands and into the North Sea. The upper map has a decorative title cartouche attended by the trumpeting Angel of Fame, a Roman soldier, and a pair of devotees of Bacchus. The lower map is decorated with mer-people and sailing ships.
Full original color with light soiling, toning along the centerfold, and professional repairs to several separations and small holes along the centerfold. There is a tiny crack below the title cartouche due to oxidation of the green pigment.