|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||de l'Isle, Guillaume|
|Published||A. Amsterdam. Chez I. Covens et C. Mortier. Avec Privil. [c. 1720-1730]|
|Dimensions||462 x 580 mm|
A finely detailed map of Asia, showing its boundaries under both state and imperial rule. Title and scale in ornate cartouches to top corners of map. Map published by Covens & Mortier, map printers and publishers of Amsterdam who were active between 1721 and 1774. From a re-issue of De L'Isle's 'Atlas Nouveau' published by them in 1730.
Guillaume de l'Isle (1625 - 1726) was one of the finest cartographers of the eighteenth-century. He is widely regarded as the father of scientific mapmaking, and was the first to utilise the practices of triangulation and mensuration in the production of his works. He believed strongly in the importance of map accuracy. During his lifetime his one hundred or more maps were continuously updated to reflect widening knowledge of the World.
Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783) in partnership with Johannes Covens I (1697-1774) began the map publishing company Covens & Mortier (1721-1866). He travelled to Paris in 1681-1685 and won the privilege in 1690 of publishing maps and atlases by French publishers in Amsterdam. He used this privilege to win a similar set of privileges for printing an 'illustrated print bible' in 1700. He died in Amsterdam. Son of Pieter Mortier (1661–1711) an 18th-century mapmaker and engraver from the Northern Netherlands. Mortier was born in Leiden. According to Houbraken, David van der Plas worked with him on etchings for 'Bybelsche Tafereelen' (Bible stories), published in Amsterdam in 1700.
Condition: Pressed centre fold. Time toning and scuffing to margins.