Visscher, Nicolaes II (1649-1702). S.R.I Sueviae Circulus atq. Ducatus una cum Insertis et Adjacentibus Regionibus, accuratissime in earundem particulares Provincias divisum

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Visscher, Nicolaes II (1649-1702).
S.R.I Sueviae Circulus atq. Ducatus una cum Insertis etAdjacentibus Regionibus, accuratissime in earundem particulares Provincias divisum.
Amsterdam: c. 1697.
Single-sheet map (24 6/8” x 21”), full margins showing the plate mark.

FINELY ENGRAVED MAP OF SWABIA IN SOUTHERN GERMANY, extending from Mannheim(North) to Werdenberg (South). EXCEPTIONALLY DELICATE HAND COLORING BY THE “MEESTER AFSETTER” OR “MASTER COLORIST” DIRK JANSZ VAN SANTEN(1637/38-1708). Fully colored, with GUM ARABIC and SHELL GOLD. Printed with the Privilegeof the States of Holland and West-Friesland (“cum Privil. Ord. General. Belgii Foederati”).Excellent condition; original mounting guard preserved. Provenance: Estate Sale Willem vanBeast (Amsterdamse Courant, March 3, 1714) 'een Atlas Minor,' '(... ) ongemeen konstig en metgoud doorwrogt afgezet van den vermaerden Dirk Jansz van Zanten” (Goedings 1992). VanSanten is considered to be the preeminent colorist of the Dutch Golden Age. Together with Frans Koerten and David Reerigh he dominated the industry known as “versiering”, that is the embellishment of maps and prints through graphic elements and coloring. The lavish use of“shell gold” is characteristic of his later years, as well as the artistic license employed incoloring the cartouches and in-map decorations. His work has been compared with both impressionistic techniques and the varnish-like chiaroscuro effect of Baroque painters. VanSanten-colored atlases are preserved in international collections such as the Hofbibliothek in Vienna or the University Library of Amsterdam. Goedings, Truusje: “A composite atlas colored by Dirk Jansz. van Santen”, Geldrop 1992.