Author: Frederick De Wit
Publisher: Pieter Mortier
Date published: 1700circaLong title:Ducatus uplandiae cum Westmanniae Sudermanniae Finitimis Correcta Descriptio. Copper engraving with full wash original hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 62.5cms x 54.2cms. Image size: 480mm x 375mm. Split at bottom of centrefold strengthened 3cms on verso; odd mark to margin, browning at sheet edges; faint smudge (probably from plate so C18th flaw) below Oregrund, barely noticeable faint grey smudges -again original flaws- at top blank area of map, again not at all noticeable. Odd nick to the huge margin edges. Lustrous hand colouring; highly decorative cartouche showing knights, workers and regal crown. Key bottom left. Stunning map. Map of east central Sweden with the capital Stockholm, lake Mälaren and Åland. Nyköping to the south, Gävle to the north and lake Hjälmaren to the west. This map was printed by De Witt in the late 1600s. When De Witt díed in 1706 the entire stock passed on to Pieter Mortier. Covens & Mortier opened shop together in 1711. This map was printed some time after that, using the De Witt plate. The name P. Mortier is engraved in the yellow border engraved at the lower right corner. The De Witt publishing house surpassed other map publishers such as Visscher and Danckerts in the late 1600s both in size of output and fame. The firm aquired the surviving plates from the fire of Blaeus printing house in 1672, which signalled the end of the Blaeu company. De Witt also aquired the plates to Braun & Hogenbergs Civitates, the great plate book of the cities of the world of the late 1500s. By the end of the 1600s the Dutch era of great cartography was coming to a close. Less original work was performed as the scientific initiative of cartography sliped to France in the early 1700s. The Dutch started to copy French works.
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