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Stock# 59699
Description

Rare Dutch map of Brittany, engraved by Frederick De Wit in Amsterdam.

Includes a beautifully engraved decorative title cartouche depicting Poseidon and Hermes, a compass rose and table of explanatory text.

The map would later be re-issue by Covens & Mortier.  The circa 1670 date is given by the British Library. 

Rarity

The map is quite rare on the market , especially this early edition, before the addition of the Covens & Mortier imprint.

Condition Description
Old Color. Minor soiling and color offsetting.
Frederick De Wit Biography

De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.