Fine engraving. Platemark: 285 x 170mm (11¼ x 6¾"). Very large margins.
A half length portrait of Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci (1454 - 1512), seated at a table with an open atlas, a globe, and a compass. Within an oval decorated with sea monsters. The continent of America was named after Vespucci, who played a prominent role in exploring the New World. Plate 8 from the scarce series of historical portraits, 'Principum et illustrium quorundam virorum. Qui in Europa alibique terrarum, qua fama, qua eruditione celebres fuerunt, verae imagines', published Pieter van der Aa (1659 - 1733) c.1710.
[Ref: 39273] £320.00