|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||du Bois, Abraham|
|Published||[Pieter van der Aa, Leiden, 1729]|
|Dimensions||177 x 139 mm|
A map of the British Isles, with the borders of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and England outlined in hand colour, from Pieter van der Aa's 'De la Geographie moderne d'Abraham Du Bois'. The plate from which this map was printed was originally engraved by Abraham du Bois in 1714, and following Van der Aa's printing of 1729, was reworked and reissued by Claude Buffier in his 1744 'Geographie Universelle'.
Pieter van der Aa (1659 – 1733) was a Dutch publisher, best known for preparing maps and atlases. Despite producing his own work, van der Aa is also known for his production of pirated editions of illustrated publications and foreign bestsellers. Beginning his career as a Latin trade publisher in Lieden in 1683, van der Aa's ambition was to one day become the most famous printer in the city. In 1715, van der Aa was appointed the head printer for Leiden and its university.
Condition: Vertical and horizontal folds as issued. Light offsetting to top half of sheet. Ink smudge to bottom left of platemark from printing, not affecting map.