Finely colored example of Otten's magnificent sea chart of the Indian Ocean, oriented with east at the top.
Extends from the coast of India and the Maldives to the Cape of Good Hope and includes all of Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea and the coast of Persia.
Ornate title cartouche and multiple sea battles, compass roses and rhumb lines.
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.