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Nice example of Vander Aa's map of Mexico and Central America.

The map depicts the region of Mesoamerica, from South Texas to Costa Rica, crowded with place names and religious establishments.

A distinguished bibliophile and collector, van der Aa was one of the most successful publishers of his time, concentrating on books of voyages and discovery. This position enabled him to obtain a great deal of early information about America.

This map was issued in Vander Aa's La Galerie Agréable du Monde (1729, 66 parts in 27 vols.), which Frederik Muller (Catalogue pt. 1, pp. 1-2) describes as a "stupendous publication contain[ing] above 3,000 plates and maps, many by the best Dutch engravers . . . "

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.