Nicholas Janszen Visscher: 1655?-80

a.k.a. Claes Janßon Visscher, Nicholas Fisher, Nicolaus Iohannides Piscator

The title page from Nicolas Visscher’s Atlas, published in Amsterdam.

Exciting nautical discoveries were being made almost daily as the Dutch, the English and the Spanish forayed further asea, a boon for those in the business of selling maps. This atlas (an original, not a facsimile) is in the New York Public Library, where Visscher’s maps of the New World are a prime draw. (Click on the image above for a larger version.)

A larger map of the entire region, again with the North Sea on the right side instead of at the top of the map. I took particular interest in his depiction of the southern portion of Westphalia. Click on the map above for a larger version.

My picture of this corner of the world came out fuzzier than I’d hoped. If you’d like to see a larger, fuzzier version, click on the image above.

Visscher Intro . . . Visscher Title Page and Westphalia

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