An attractive map showing Arabia, illustrating the travels of Johan De Castro in the region. Embellished with a large and decorative title cartouche.
The map was originally issued to illustrate Vander Aa's Naaukeurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen', a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08), with the maps later issued bound in an atlas.
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.