Scarce Ottens edition of Frederick De Wit's important sea chart of Europe.
A beautiful portolan style sea chart that shows an area from Morocco to the Scandinavian island of Spitsbergen and Iceland. The map extends west to east from Iceland to Dalmatia and north to south from Spitzbergen to Morocco, continuation Chart of the Mediterranean inset to Africa
The inset map on the left shows the continuation of the Mediterranean.
The chart was first issued by De Wit circa 1675, and included elaborate coats of arms.
The Ottens brothers, Reiner and Joshua, operated a successful printing partnership in the mid-eighteenth century (fl. 1726-1765). They began the venture in 1726, publishing maps and other prints as “R & I Ottens.” They specialized in the reprinting of others’ work, especially Guillaume De L’Isle. In 1750, Reiner died; his soon, also Reiner, took his place, but the firm began listing their works as “Joshua & Reiner Ottens.” The firm lasted until Joshua’s death in 1765. Joshua’s widow, Johanna de Lindt, sold their remaining stock of plates in 1784.