This version is one of the most attractive, with the finely engraved majestic lion unobtrusively superimposed on the geography; other embellishments include heraldic crests of the provinces, a sea monster, sailing ships, and costumed figures illustrating the dress of inhabitants of various regions, ages, and social strata.
Pieter van den Keere, Hand-colored Copper Engraving, 1617
Atlas Minor Sive Totius Orbis Terrarum Contracta Delinea ex conatibus Nico[las] Visscher Amst: Bat
In this title page, the lion lounges near a collection of navigational instruments, a sign of Dutch cartographic superiority.
Nicolaes Visscher and Gerard de Lairesse, Hand-colored Copper Engraving, Amsterdam, circa 1689