Decorative title page from Vander Aa's rare atlas of maps which appeared in his various travel books at the beginning of the 18th Century. Includes allegorical representations of Atlas and the continents of America, Asia and Europe.
While the maps periodically appear on the market, the atlas and title page are much scarcer than the maps from the individual voyages.
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.