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Covens & Mortier was one of the largest and most successful publishing firms in Dutch history and continued in business for over a century. Pierre Mortier the Elder (1661-1711) had obtained a privilege in 1690 to distribute the works of French geographers in the Netherlands. After his widow continued the business for several years, Cornelis (1699-1783) took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Johannes Covens (1697-1774), who had recently married Cornelis’ sister. They published under the joint name of Covens & Mortier. In 1774, upon the death of his father, Johannes Covens II (1722-1794) took over his father’s share. In 1778, the company changed its name to J. Covens & Zoon, or J. Covens & Son.

Covens II’s son, Cornelis (1764-1825), later inherited the business and brought Petrus Mortier IV back into the fold. Petrus was the great-grandson of Petrus Mortier I. From 1794, the business was called Mortier, Covens & Zoon, or Mortier, Covens, & Son.

The business specialized in publishing French geographers including Deslisle, Jaillot, Janssonius, and Sanson. They also published atlases, for example a 1725 reissue of Frederik de Wit’s Atlas Major and an atlas, with additions, from the works of Guillaume Delisle. There were also Covens & Mortier pocket atlases and town atlases. The company profited from acquiring plates from other geographers as well. For example, the purchased Pieter van der Aa’s plates in 1730. Finally, they also compiled a few maps in house. At their height, they had the largest collection of geographic prints ever assembled in Amsterdam.

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
36855
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
18.5 x 15.6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
63021

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Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
12 x 9 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0283gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
23 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
38871pb
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
20210
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1651 (1730)
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
7127
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0253gh
Place/Date:
Leiden / Amsterdam / 1729
Size:
14 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23203
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
14728
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
25.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0265gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
19.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0009fm
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0008fm
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
25.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
38973
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
25.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39528
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
25.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40382
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1741
Size:
22.5 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50250
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730 circa
Size:
23.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
46253