1701 De Fer Map of the Lineage and Alliances since Philip I of Castile
Description: This is a fine 1701 map of the lineage of Philip I of Castile. It notes spouses, and children, and succession as well as title and alliances mapping their rule in Spain, France and Austria. The two sons of Philip I went on to rule the Spanish Empire (Charles V) and the Habsburg Empire (Ferdinand I). Philip II inherited the Spanish crown from Charles V which would then pass to his son Philip II and his grandson Philip III and so forth. It goes on to map the ancestry of Philip V of Spain and Charle, Archduke of Austria. The family tree or pedigree chart, in the top left quadrant is surrounded by a beautifully illustrated cartouche, while detailed information is included in the right and lower parts of the sheet. This map was issued by Nicholas De Fer in his 1701 Atlas.
Date: 1701 (dated)
Source: Fer, Nicholas de, Cartes et Descriptions Generales et Particulieres pour l'intelligence des affaires du temps, au sujet de la Succession de la Couronne d'Espagne, en Europe, en Asie, Afrique, et Amerique, (Paris) 1701.
Cartographer: 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. This was a partner position to another simultaneously held by the more scientific geographer Guillaume Delisle, Premier Geograph de Roi. Despite very different cartographic approaches, Delisle and De Fer seem to have stepped carefully around one another and were rarely publicly at odds. Upon his death in 1720, Nicolas was succeeded by two of his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Danet, and their heirs, who continued to publisher under the De Fer imprint until about 1760. Click here for a list of rare maps from Nicholas de Fer.
Size: Printed area measures 13.5 x 9.5 inches (34.29 x 24.13 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and verso repair along original centerfold. Original platemark visible.
Code: Lignedirecte-defer-1701 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: De Fer