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Description

A beautiful example of De Wit's engraved double-page map of Haarlem, in full original hand-color. Fit for a connoisseur.

De Wit's plan follows that of Jansson and includes three figures in the foreground and two coats of arms in the upper left and right corners.

A superb view of one of the most important cities in the Dutch Golden Age.

Condition Description
Old color. Slight soiling around the centerfold. Centerfold split, repaired and reinforced on the verso, with some restoration to the centerfold and margins and one repaired tear.
Frederick De Wit Biography

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.