Spectacular composite atlas including Allardt’s rare and wonderful chart of Oost Indien”

By VISSCHER, Nicolas, 1695 

Atlas minor sive totius orbis terrarum contracta delineata.

  • Author: VISSCHER, Nicolas
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publisher: N. Visscher
  • Publication date: c.1695
  • Physical description: Folio (520 by 340mm), decorative engraved title by Gerard de Lairesse, two manuscript index leaves, ornate engraved frontispiece to Duytslant”, and 172 double-page engraved maps with FINE ORIGINAL HAND-COLOUR HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, each map with small decorative stencil number slip pasted to verso, Cathedral-style” nineteenth-century calf by J. H. Peters, Amsterdam”, richly decorated in gilt and blind, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt.
  • Inventory reference: 1055


A magnificent composite atlas with wonderful original rich colour heavily embellished in oil and gold.

Of note is the inclusion of Mortier’s impressive chart of the Mediterranean, with its beautifully rendered floral garlands and the 38 vignettes of Mediterranean cities.

In addition to these, and the maps by Visscher are 27 by F. De Wit, 26 of J. Blaeu, 7 by J. Janssonius, three by C. Allard, two by H. Jaillot, and one each by G. Valck, G. Mercator, J. De Ram, J. Robyn, J. Van Loon, and J. B. Labanna.

The atlas includes two maps of the world: Visscher’s own, and the wonderful planisphere Unicum Olanisphaerium Totius Orbis Terrarum Completum” printed by H. Doncker after Luchtenburg; map of the North Pole; maps of Iceland; Russia; Scandinavia (4); Lithuania; Poland; Prussia; Germany; Lower Saxony; Brandenburg; Mecklenburg; Holstein; Bremen; Braunschweig; Saxony; Anhalt; Meissen; Thuringia; Bohemia; Austria; Carinthia; Bavaria (4); Franconia; Wuerttemberg; Switzerland (2); Basel; Zurich; Aargau; Trent; Alsace (3); Swabia; Rhineland-Palatinate; Rhine-Mosel-Area; Frankfurt; Lower Rhine; Trier; Nassau; Hesse; Westphalia; Paderborn; Kleve; Cologne; Holland and Belgium (31); Luxembourg (van der Vekene 3.01 a: engraved by G. Van der Gouwen, plate signed with Villae, Censes, Pagthoven”); Brabant (3); Limburg; Antwerp; Brussels; Flanders (8); Rhine (upper and lower reaches); Amsterdam (torn at hinge with slight adhesion damage at foot)’ Great Britain (7); France (9); Spain and Portugal (5); Canary Islands; Mediterranean; Savoy (3); Italy (6); Sicily; Malta; Greece; Hungary; Turkey; Asia; Palestine; Batavia (with image), Ceylon, China, 4 more detailed maps of Asia, Africa (7), America (8, including Visscher’s famous view of New York); South Pole. 


  1. Phillips 506 – 509
    • Phillips, P. (1909–1992). A list of goegrpahical atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington: Govt. Print. Off.
  2. Koeman IV, p. 387
    • Koeman, C. (1967). Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. 6 vols.
  3. Tooley, Mapping of Australia, 792.
    • Tooley, R. (1979). The Mapping of Australia. [London]: [The Holland Press Limited].
  4. cf. Koeman III, 166 ff., vis 12 – 19
  5. cf. Schilder, Australia Unveiled, p.202 (pl.XLIV)

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