|Method||Copper engraved with original hand colour|
|Artist||de l'Isle, Guillaume|
|Published||[A Amsterdam par Covens et Mortier [Amsterdam, c.1730]|
|Dimensions||570 x 500 mm|
A large and impressive eighteenth century map of India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, in original wash colour, from Covens & Mortier's Atlas Novus. The Indian subcontinent and the Mughal Empire is divided into provinces, and the neighbouring parts of Persia, the Arabian peninsula, the Punjab, Tibet, Bhutan, Assam, Aracan, and Pegu are shown, along with Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the bottom right, three scales measure distance in Indian feet, Marine miles, and 'caravan' hours.
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.
Pieter Mortier (1661–1711) was 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. He was the father of Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783), who 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.
Condition: Minor water staining to corners of sheet, not affecting map.