|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||195 x 242 mm|
A map of Poland, from an early eighteenth century printing of Philipp Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam. The map shows the historic Kingdom of Poland, encompassing in addition to modern-day Poland parts of Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The borders of the kingdom are outlined in hand colour, as are the adjoining borders of the Holy Roman Empire, Russia, Ottoman Asia, and the Kingdom of Sweden. In the bottom left, the title cartouche is flanked by figures of agricultural abundance.
Philipp Cluver (1580-1622) was born in Danzig and after studying at Leyden and Oxford, he became interested in modern and historical geography. His subsequent publications made a wide and influential contribution to knowledge of the subject. Philip Cluver's "Introductonius" was a popular geography book, first published in 1624 without maps. There were many editions throughout the 17th and 18th centuries with maps from several sets of plates.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Blank on verso.