Mappe-Monde Dresse sur les Observations de Mrs de l'Academie Royale des Sciences

Covens and Mortier
Old coloured map of the world. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

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Description

Very decorative double-hemisphere world map by J. Covens and P. Mortier. The map is based on the 1700 world map by Guillaume De L'Isle. Compared to the map by De L'Isle, this one has four additional polar projections and a magnificent maritime scenery to the entire lower area.

R. Shirley describes this the De L'Isle map in The Mapping of the World, Plate 414 (Entry 603), as follows:

He [De L'Isle] was one of the first, in his world map, to correct the extended length of the Mediterranean and to give back to California its true peninsular formation. However, unlike Jaillot, he appears to link New Guinea to Australia and also errs in joining Japan to the conjectural land of Yeco or Yedso to its north. The title to his world map is framed within an elegant cartouche at the top, balanced on either side by a flowing banner... On the map are marked the tracks of the principal circumnavigators.

In common with his other maps, De L'Isle's world map was revised several times... Outside of France other cartographers recognised De L'Isle's superior work. His plate was copied by Pieter Schenk for publication in Amsterdam in 1708 and further copies were made by Covens and Mortier and other publishers from the 1720s onwards.

Details

CartographerCovens and Mortier
TitleMappe-Monde Dresse sur les Observations de Mrs de l'Academie Royale des Sciences
Publisher, YearCovens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730
Plate Size50.2 x 64.3 cm (19.8 x 25.3 inches)
Sheet Size52.2 x 67.3 cm (20.6 x 26.5 inches)
ReferenceShirley, R. W.: The Mapping of the World, No. 603

Condition

Contemporary hand colouring with later enhancement. Centrefold backed at lower margin, left and right margin trimmed along the platemark outside of the image, remargined. Very good conditions.

Cartographer

Pieter und David Mortier were booksellers in Paris and have published a wide range of geographical works. After Pieter's death, his widow continued the business until their son Cornelius took over. Cornelius started a partnership with his brother-in-law Johannes Covens and established the famous publishing house Covens and Mortier in Amsterdam. They have re-issued Atlases of Sanson, de l'Isle, Visscher and de Wit.

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Old coloured map of the world. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

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