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A beautiful Dutch Portolan style sea chart that shows an area from Morocco to the Scandinavian island of Spitsbergen and Iceland, based upon an earlier map of the same title by De Wit, which in turn was based upon Blaeu's 4 sheet chart of Europe and the Atlantic first published in 1621.

The map extends west to east from Iceland to Dalmatia and north to south from Spitzbergen to Morocco, continuation Chart of the Mediterranean inset to Africa, several decorative crests, numerous rhumb lines, vignette depictions of Elephants in North Africa and rutting Goats in Norway. The inset map on the left shows the continuation of the Mediterranean. Richly embellished with three scale and one title cartouche, two pairs of animals, goats in Scandinavia and elephants in Africa. Winged putti holding navigational instruments surround the title cartouche. This fine chart appeared in Ottens' Atlas der Zeevaart. On of the most decorative and fascinating sea charts of the period.

The map is quite scarce, with only 1 example listed in auction records by AMPR and 2 examples in dealer catalogues (Kunstantikvariat Pama AS 2001 ($5,355) and 2008 ($8,834). Despite the restorations, this remains a beautiful example of this rare and sought after map.

Condition Description
Restorations along the lower margin and extending into the printed image, below and to the right of the scale of miles on the left side of the map and on the right side as well. The bright spots are distorations from the mylar and are not present on the
Reiner & Joshua Ottens Biography

The Ottens brothers, Reiner and Joshua, operated a successful printing partnership in the mid-eighteenth century (fl. 1726-1765). They began the venture in 1726, publishing maps and other prints as “R & I Ottens.” They specialized in the reprinting of others’ work, especially Guillaume De L’Isle. In 1750, Reiner died; his soon, also Reiner, took his place, but the firm began listing their works as “Joshua & Reiner Ottens.” The firm lasted until Joshua’s death in 1765. Joshua’s widow, Johanna de Lindt, sold their remaining stock of plates in 1784.