Date of Creation:
Africa, Nicolas Visscher, ca. 1658
Africa… from one of Visscher’s atlases or subsequent composite atlas. Copperplate engraving.
Among the most prominent map publishers in Amsterdam during the second half of the sixteenth century were members of the Visscher family. Founded by Claus J. Visscher (1587-1652), the business continued under the helm of his son Nicolas Visscher (1618-1679), and grandson of the same name (1649 - 1702). When Nicolas II died, the firm was continued by his widow, Elizabeth Visscher, but in 1717 most of the Visscher plates – some of them by that time quite dated – were sold to another Amsterdam map publisher, Petrus Schenk.