Exactissima Asiae Delineatio in praecipuas regiones Caeterasq Partes – De Wit (c.1727) – SOLD


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Description: Antique print, titled: ‘Exactissima Asiae Delineatio in praecipuas regiones Caeterasq Partes.’ – The continent of Asia with a northern portion of Australia “Hollandia Nova”. The map is embellished by a vivacious scene of native Asian figures and a camel, parrots and a monkey as part of the title cartouche. Published in Amsterdam by R. & J. Ottens.

Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Frederick de Wit’ after ‘Reinier & josua Ottens’. Frederick de Wit (1629-1706) was known as a map publisher, engraver and seller. He worked in Amsterdam from the Kalverstraat (‘Bij den Dam inde dry Crabben’ to 1654 and then from ‘In de Witte Paskaert’ from 1655 to 1706). He produced a large amount of cartographic material including separate terrestrial maps and sea charts, sea and terrestrial atlases, wall maps, and town views. Many of his maps were colored by master Dutch colourists of his day such as Dirck van Santen. De Wit also acquired numerous copperplates from those auctioned by the Blaeu and Janssonius publishing houses sometime after 1674 and republished these works, often with his imprint added. On his death in 1706, The business was continued for a time by his widow Maria untill 1709. In 1710, the De Wit plates were sold to Mortier, Van der Aa, and Renard. Reinier and Joshua Ottens (both 1704-1765) are publishers, cartographers and map engravers from the Netherlands. The family business was founded by their father Joachim, but most productive during the time of Reiner and Joshua.

  • Date: 1727
  • Technic: Copperplate engraving / etching with contemporary hand colouring on hand laid paper.
  • Overall size: 25 x 21,1 inch
  • Image size: 18,6 x 19,4 inch
  • Condition: Good, given age. Small rusty hole in right margin. A small spot in the lower left margin. A few spots, mainly in the margins. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-58027
  • Storage Location: BG-B5-17