ATLAS MAJOR.

Lot Number 113
Author WIT, FREDERICK DE.
Title ATLAS MAJOR.
Year Published 1730
Place Printed AMSTERDAM COVENS AND MORTIER
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Description ATLAS MAJOR. AMSTERDAM: COVENS AND MORTIER [C.1730 OR LATER] Folio (530 x 325mm.), engraved frontispiece and 190 maps by or after de Wit, Blaeu, Jaillot, Delisle, Homann and others, fine contemporary hand colour, some maps with accompanying letterpress text, contemporary Dutch calf, panelled in gilt with foliate motifs and a central arabesque gilt of drawer-handles and foliate sprays, slight wear to binding, upper joints slightly cracked, loss at lower spine
Comments A fine composite world atlas assembled from a remarkable variety of sources. The core of the atlas comprises Dutch copies of Alexis-Hubert Jaillot's folio maps from his Atlas françois, published by Pierre Mortier in 1694, supplemented by a few maps from Covens and Mortier's Atlas nouveau, after Delisle. Also included are later states of the maps by Johannes Blaeu and Frederick de Wit (including the title-page), the plates for which were acquired by Mortier, and maps from the Jaillot/Mortier Atlas nouveau of 1692. To this are added other maps by Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremberg, and maps from the Visscher/Schenck stock, as well as the rare "Regni Borussiae" by François Halma, Ottens' anonymous "Carte de la Nouvelle France" and the Ottens state of Adrien Reland's map of Japan.
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Estimated Price GBP 25,000.00 - 30,000.00
( USD 41,750.00 - 50,100.00 )
Actual Price GBP 51,650.00 ( USD 83,156.50 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History
Sale Number #L12401
Auction Date May 9, 2012 - May 9, 2012
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