1745 Ottens - Totius Europae Littora Novissime Edita...

SOLD: Splendid 1745 portolan-style sea chart based on De Wit

Title:

Totius Europae Littora Novissime Edita. Pascaert Vertoonende alle de See-Custen van Europa

Map maker:

Reiner & Josua Ottens, Atlas der Zeevaart

Place and Year:

Amsterdam, 1745

Dimensions:

90 x 49.5 cm (35 x 19.5 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Hand color

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

One of the most decorative and fascinating nautical charts of the whole century, this beautiful Dutch map shows an area from Morocco to the Scandinavian island of Spitsbergen and Iceland, based upon an earlier work of the same title by De Wit, which in turn was based upon Blaeu's 4-sheet chart of Europe and the Atlantic first published in 1621.

The map is oriented north to the right and adorned with several decorative crests, numerous rhumb lines, vignette depictions of elephants in North Africa and goats in Norway. Winged putti holding navigational instruments surround the title cartouche.

The inset map on the left shows the continuation of the Mediterranean.

CONDITION NOTES

Even paper toning.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00371

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