Estats Des Couronnes De Dannemark, Suede, Et Pologne, sur la Mer Baltique . . . 1705
DE FER, Nicolas

Estats Des Couronnes De Dannemark, Suede, Et Pologne, sur la Mer Baltique . . . 1705

Size : 72 x 45 cm
Color : Coloris original
Condition : Très bon
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 454-12

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Two sheet map of Northern Europe by De Fer. The map extends from Belgium to the Baltic States and up to Smolensk and Braclaw. The main trade routes, both sea and land, are drawn along the map.

Herman van Loon engraved this beautiful map and richly embellished it with three cartouches. The first title cartouche fills the upper left corner with scenes of war and victory, and below it is an inset of the island of Hven, the location of Tycho Brahe's observatory. In the opposite corner is a second title cartouche.

DE FER, Nicolas

Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720), was an engraver, geographer, titled geographer of the King and active from 1687 to 1720. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 12 with an engraver. In 1687, he took over the map trade from his mother after the death of his father, Antoine de Fer, a print and map merchant who died in 1673, and executed more than 600 maps or plans: frontier maps, maps of the new conquests of Louis XIV, cities fortified by Vauban, voyages and discoveries of new territories. In his main work, the Atlas Curieuse, he published several maps of the Americas and the West Indies. At his death, his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-François Besnard, also engravers, continued Nicolas de Fer's activity on their own account.