|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||De Fer, Nicolas|
|Published||Par N. de Fer [c.1690]|
|Dimensions||128 x 180 mm|
An unusual late seventeenth century miniature map of the British Isles by de Fer. The borders of Ireland, Scotland, and England and Wales are outlined in hand colour, and London, York, Glasgow, and Edinburgh are picked out in red. The title is enclosed in a decorative oval cartouche at top right, and along the left and right borders of the map are the arms of the historic kingdoms and families of the British Isles.
Nicolas de Fer (c.1646-1720) was a leading French cartographer and publisher of maps. The youngest son of the Parisian printer and card publisher Antoine de Fer, he began training as an engraver at the age of twelve. After the death of his father in 1673, de Fer took over his publishing house. He published numerous atlases, and specialised in maps that included new borders and newly conquered territories, as well as maps of cities. In 1690 he became official geographer to the French Dauphin and published his first Atlas of the Coasts of France. Within the next thirty years he acquired additional royal support, becoming official geographer to the Spanish King (formerly the French Duke of Anjou) in 1702, and after the death of the Dauphin in 1711, official geographer to both Spanish and French kings, and in the final year of his life, Géographe ordinaire de sa Majesté Catholique.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Printer's creases to left side of sheet. Minor time toning to top edge of sheet.