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Description

Decorative regional map, extending from the Islands of Ischia, Ponza & S. Marie to Napoli and Terracina on the coastline and extening inland to Abruzzi, etc. Includes the townso of Capula, Macerata and Cimarola. Large decorative title cartouche with 2 smaller cartouches. Evidence of an aging plate, which was probably used by Blaeu as part of his Grand Atlas, with minor breaks in the plate evident near the lower margins. The map itself is in fine condition with wide margins. Several sailing ships and sea monsters in the water. 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.