antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Europe) Frederic de Witt. Atlas Major. Amsterdam [1671]-1690. $2,200.00


For one hundred years, beginning in the last quarter of the 16th century, Dutch mapmakers were the undisputed leaders in the field of cartography. Considered the golden age of cartography Dutch maps contained the most up-to-date geographical information and were usually elaborately engraved with illustrations surrounding the title area, the scale of miles or elsewhere on the sheet.  The Blaeu, Jansson, de Witt and Visscher families were the most powerful dynasties of mapmakers during this period. Frederick de Witt (Dutch 1630-1706) was a cartographer, printer and map seller. He produced many important and beautiful large folio maps. His map of Europe boasts a wonderful figurative cartouche, sailing ships and sea monsters, as well as a great amount of topographical and coastal detail. Archivally framed.

Copperplate large folio engraving with original outline hand color.
30 x 32 1/2inches outside framed dimensions.
Old water stain along top margin somewhat into image, otherwise, full untrimmed margins, sharp impression in very good condition.