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Magnificent sea chart of the western Mediterranean, from Otten's Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas.

Extending from the the Adriatic Sea to the Straits of Gibraltar, this is a sea chart, constructed in the Portolan chart tradition, showing exclusively coastal details. Two ornate cartouches and multiple sailing ships, compass roses and rhumb lines.  

Reiner & Joshua Ottens Biography

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.