de Fer, Nicholas. The Frontiers of Spain and Portugal. "Les Frontiers d'Espagne et de Portugal, ou se trouve Le royaume de Portugal divise en ses Cinq Grandes Provinces.... Partie des Royaume de Grenade, d'Andalouse ,de Castille ..." Paris de Fer. N 1705
Copper engraved map of Portugal and part of Spain by Nicholas de Fer from his "Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques" Original old full wash colour; verso blank. The map shows the south western part of the Iberian peninsular: Portugal; the Algarve, and parts of the kingdoms of Estramadura, Andalusia,Grenada, Leon and Castille extending down to the straits of Gibraltar. Good dark impression; colours bright; old ink number to upper blank margin; guard attached to upper margin; light diagonal creases towards centre fold other small printers creases/ wrinkles to centrefold; old ink title to verso.
Nicholas de Fer (1646 - 1720) was the son of cartographer Antoine de Fer. Nicholas was established as an engraver, cartographer, and map publisher in Paris. De Fer was a prolific cartographer with over 600 maps and atlases to his credit. De Fer's work, though replete with geographical errors, earned a large following because of its considerable decorative appeal. In the late 17th century, De Fer's fame culminated in his appointment as Geographe de le Dauphin, a position that offered him unprecedented access to the most up to date new cartographic information. He would later be appointed Geographe de Roito the kings of both France and Spain.
Pastoureau, FER II C . 577 by 436mm (22¾ by 17¼ inches).
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