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A fine example of this decorative map, first engraved by Blaeu. Covers the Gulf of Venice from Puerto Di Ascoli and Ragnola Rino t Pesaro, with Anconia athte coastal center, then extending inland to the Alps. Decorative title cartouche, 4 sailing ships compass rose. Several plate break at the right margin, but the map itself is a fine example with wide full margins. Fascinating example of the printed art and the duration of use of the copperplates which produced these maps.

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.