"Hispaniae Veteris et Novae Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp
Subject: Spain & Portugal
Period: 1711 (published)
Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam
Color: Hand Color
12.2 x 10.6 inches
31 x 26.9 cm
Attractive small map of the Iberian Peninsula with ancient place names, political divisions and major routes shown. The Balearic Islands are shown in a small inset. Two cartouches are embellished with the Spanish coat of arms, cherubs, and mythological figures including Bacchus and Neptune.
Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam was a popular atlas, appearing in over 45 editions during a 100-year period. The first edition was published without maps in the 1620s, and the first edition to include maps was published circa 1641. The various editions were published in different cities throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Nuremberg, and London. This map is from a London edition, with the majority of the maps re-engraved by John Senex.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CLUV-9a #4.
A dark impression on paper with a simple cross coat of arms watermark, issued folding and now flattened. A binding trim at bottom left has been professionally replaced with period-correct paper and a fold separation confined to the bottom blank margin has been closed on verso with archival tape.