Brabant – Pars septentrionalis Brabantiae (..).; C.J. Visscher – 1634

Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1652).

Zeldzame, gedetailleerde antieke foliokaart van het noord-westen van Brabant door Claes Jansz. Visscher.

Rare, detailled antique folio map of the north-west of Brabant by Claes Jansz. Visscher.


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In de linker bovenhoek een aanzicht van Bergen op Zoom en in de rechter bovenhoek een aanzicht van Breda. Met index en uitgebreide informatie over oorlogshandelingen in het gebied. Onder gesigneerd Claes Jansz. Visscher anno 1625.


  • Type: cartography
  • Title: Pars septentrionalis Brabantiae et circumjac. Provinciarum.
  • Publication: 1634
  • Technique:  copper engraving, second state (first state 1625)
  • Carthographer: Claes Jansz. Visscher
  • by Claes Jansz. Visscher in Amsterdam
  •   40.3 x 56.7 cm (15.9 x 22.3 inches)
  • 53.0 x 68.0 cm (20.9 x 26.8 inches)
  • Verso: blank
  • M1050P
  • Source: Koeman III Vis 1A [15] / Caert-thresoor 14/2

Condition: B

Goed, gegeven de leeftijd. Middenvouw als uitgegeven met nieuwe marges. Scherpe afdruk. Algemene ouderdomskenmerken. Papier gebruind.

Good, given age. Center fold as issued with new margins. Sharp print. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling, Paper browned.


The Visscher Family

For nearly a century, the members of the Visscher family were important art dealers and map publishers in  Amsterdam. At the turn of the seventeenth century, Amsterdam was a vibrant center for artistic production, global trade, scientific endeavors, mapmaking, and print publishing. At the center of this flourishing city, an aspiring young artist named Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587–1652) threw open the doors to his new print shop ‘The Fisher’ – located first on the city’s well-trafficked Kalverstraat and later on the equally popular Dam Square – in 1611. Graphic output under the Sign of the Fisher reached almost five thousand prints and while Visscher is best known for his excellence as a mapmaker, his innovations in the genre of landscape prints, and his publication of Dutch picture Bibles–his interests extended beyond this to include newsprints, ornamental prints, animal subjects, and more. Claes Jansz. Visscher was succeeded by his son Nicolaes (1618-1679), his grandson Nicolaus (1649-1702) and Nicolaus’s widow, Elisabeth Versijl.

Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1652)

Claes Jansz. Vischer bought a house in Amsterdam, ‘de gulden Bors’, on the important Kalverstraat and changed the name into “In de Visscher” and it was under this title that the shop was to flourish for many years. He was famous for his engravings and etchings of Dutch landscape and of ‘historical scenes’, such as sieges, battles, etc. These ‘historical scenes’ were considered as contemporary illustrated news items, especially, e.g., that of ‘the Eighty Years’ War’.
For the publication of his first atlas, he bought copperplates of the atlas Germania Inferior by Pieter van den Keere (1623). In 1649, he published an atlas entitled Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum, containing the same maps as Langenes’ Caert Thresoor, for which Visscher had only new title-pages engraved. Claes Jansz. Visscher died in 1652. His wife, Neeltjen Florisdr., had already died in 1640. They had seven children, four of whom were still alive at Claes Jansz.’s death. One of them was Nicolaes Visscher (I), who was to continue his father’s business.

Nicolaes Visscher (I) (1618-1679)

Nicolaes Visscher  (Nicolaum) entered into partnership with his father and continued the busines and stayed on the Kalverstraat ‘in de Visscher’ till his death. About 1657, the first edition appeared of his Atlas Contractus Orbis Terrarum. Until 1700, several editions of this composed atlas appeared. At first without, after 1677 with a printed index. Those atlases had no fixed contents, but were composed on demand. Not only ‘Visscher’ maps, but also maps of other publishers were obtainable. In May 1664, Nicolaes Visscher was admitted as a member of the Booksellers’ Guild of his town. In July 1677, he was granted a patent of the States of Holland and West-Friesland for the printing and publishing of maps and atlases for a period of 15 years. At about the same time, he also brought out an Atlas Minor sive totius Orbis Terrarum.

Nicolaes Visscher (II) (1649-1702)

Nicolaes Visser II (Nicolaus or Nicolai)  inherited the ‘shop’ from his father. To obtain a new privilegio he applied to the States of Holland and West-Friesland in 1682, for a patent for printing and publishing maps. This patent was granted to him the same year. He moved the firm to the Dam, but it kept the same sign-board: “In de Visscher”. Around 1683, he published his first Atlas Minor with a printed index of 91 maps. In 1684, an atlas Germania Inferior appeared. Till 1697 he published another number of atlases. He used his grandfather’s (Claes Jansz.) maps less often now and relied more and more on his own.

Visscher is well-known for the depth of accuracy within his maps, and for embellishing the maps’ beauty further with small detailing. This work is known for the high quality of engraving, exceptionally fine ornament, and accurate geographical information. His true innovation lies in his rendering of the New World, where he added small variations to the still widely unknown North American coastlines. About 1690 Visscher retouched the old plate of N.J. Visscher, by adding the city of Philadelphia and the name of the state Pennsylvania. Majority of the maps are published by Visscher with additional maps by several other mapmakers. The Atlas Minor is a fine and comprehensive composite atlas, and one of a series of large atlases compiled and sold by the Visscher family of art dealers and cartographers in the 17th century. There is a catalog from those years (27 pages!) that clarifies a lot about the type of material that the publisher offered. Only 10% consisted of maps, the rest related to prints. The Visschers saw their shop primarily as an art dealership, but there was also a large selection of maps available. The catalog also lists the large wall maps, few of which have survived.

After Nicolaes’ death some of the plates were sold to Gerard Valck and Pieter Schenk. But his wife, Elizabeth Verseyl, also published several composed atlases. She also published a combination of cartographic maps and maps of war in the Atlas Minor with substitle De Stoel des Oorlogs in de Wereld (The seat of war in the world). The shop enjoyed a high reputation owing to the great variety of the assortment. With the death of Elizabeth Verseyl, in 1726, the last descendant died of a great map- and atlas-publishing firm in Amsterdam.

De Visscher familie

Bijna een eeuw lang was de familie Visscher één van de belangrijkste kunsthandelaren en kaartuitgevers in Amsterdam. Aan het begin van de zeventiende eeuw was Amsterdam een ​​bruisend centrum voor artistieke productie, wereldhandel, wetenschappelijke inspanningen, cartografie en gedrukte publicaties. In het centrum van deze bloeiende stad opende een jonge aspirant-kunstenaar genaamd Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587–1652) de deuren van zijn nieuwe drukkerij ‘De Visser’ – eerst gelegen aan de drukbezochte Kalverstraat en later aan de evenzo populaire Dam – in 1611. Zijn werk omvat bijna vijfduizend prenten buiten zijn werk als kaartenmaker om. Claes Jansz. Visscher werd opgevolgd door zijn zoon Nicolaes (1618-1679), zijn kleinzoon Nicolaus (1649-1702) en Nicolaus’ weduwe, Elisabeth Versijl (leeflang, 2014). Een groot aantal kaarten zijn begin 18e eeuw verkocht aan de uitgeverij van Pieter Schenk.

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