Gorgeous example of De Wit's chart of the southern part of South America, from his Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas.
Striking example of this early Magellanica map, extending from Rio de la Plata to the Magellan Strait and Tierra del Fuego. The dramatic cartouche depicts an encounter between Tierra del Fuego natives and Dutch explorers. A naval battle unfolds in the South Atlantic. The chart is one of the most elegant and detailed charts of South America published in the 17th Century. The map was likely engraved by Romein de Hooghe. The map was re-issued by Renard and by Ottens in the early 18th Century.
De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.