Fine example of Ottens Sea Chart of the Black Sea region, based upon Van Keulen's 3 sheet map of the region.
The map extends from Constantinopoli (Istanbul) in the south to the Sea of Azov and neighboring regions, identifying in fine detail the the coastal cities and depths of the coastal waters.
The map is embellished with a large cartouche and deciation of th Nicolas Witsen, Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, along with rhumblines, a scale of miles and decorative compass rose.
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.