Lot 31
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Wit, Frederick De

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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Description

  • [General atlas], with the engraved title for Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, [c.1688-1696]
  • paper
Folio (538 x 340mm.), hand-coloured engraved title, printed list of maps, 164 double-page engraved maps (137 land and 27 sea charts), contemporary hand-colour, numbered in manuscript to match the contents, contemporary vellum, string ties, spine labelled in manuscript, a few maps splitting or with very minor tears, occasional repair or restoration, minor marginal soiling, occasional worming, light rubbing and staining to vellum, restoration to upper cover

Provenance

Castenschiold, Borreby

Literature

cf. Koeman III, Wit 6; Koeman IV, M. Wit 2

Catalogue Note

A FINE ATLAS CONTAINING BOTH GEOGRAPHICAL MAPS AND SEA CHARTS.

De Wit was one of the most prominent and successful map engravers and publishers in Amsterdam in the period following the decline of the houses of Blaeu and Janssonius, and he acquired many of their plates as they were dispersed.

Primarily comprising maps published by de Wit with additional maps by Blaeu, Visscher, Jaillot, Janssonius and Schenk and Valk.

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