Not much is known about this map or its maker, but what I appreciate here are the very unique graphics. Click on the images to see them larger.
The snakelike forest at the top of Africa and the gypsy tents. The lakes that are linked and hanging like an earring.
The fact that he depicted his hometown, Genoa, as being far larger than Venice out of hometown pride?
The boomerang shape is the Alps.
The James Ford Bell Library houses this map, and you can see lots of details on their site.
This map makes me want to be visually braver on my next map, out of the box and bold. It also makes me want to do tiny writing on some some ficttious shoreline.
Map book #2 is sent of to design. It will be out May 2014. Lots of mappy goodness.