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Decorative map of the Spice Islands, which illustrated the Dutch Translation of the account of the voyage of Sir Henry Middletlon to the region on behalf of the East India Company, at the beginning of the 17th Centur

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.