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Johannes Covens (1697-1774) was a Dutch geographic publisher based in Amsterdam. He is best known for his collaboration with fellow publisher Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783). 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 took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Covens, 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 / 1692 (1700 ca)
Size:
34 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56151
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1695 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
44983
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39274se
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41754
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
18.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
53782
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1710 circa
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42969
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
22.5 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
52561
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1725 circa
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
53111
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1732
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51882
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1741
Size:
20 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
60941
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
23533
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49194
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49094
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49859
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1774
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55896

Archived

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2651
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
3172
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690 circa
Size:
22 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
26858
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690 circa
Size:
22 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
29161
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1695 circa
Size:
11 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
35147
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1698
Size:
18.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
36082
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700
Size:
8.5 x 6.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
6256
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
24000
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
24590
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
27 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
25105
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
45 x 36.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
25254
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
Fine
Stock#:
30903
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42339
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1710
Size:
24.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
15383
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1710 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23057
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720
Size:
23 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
11280
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
25 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17874
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720
Size:
25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
18348
Place/Date:
Paris / 1720
Size:
24.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
19317
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
23172
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
23 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0028dd
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
29.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
34501
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
18 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40795
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1722
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39189
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1725 circa
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39676
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730
Size:
23 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
1405BJ