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Striking full color example of De Wit's map of the Pacific Ocean, featuring California as an Island and important early projections of Australia and New Zealand. Decorated with 4 sailing ships, compass rose, rhumb lines and a striking cartouche, with Magellan's portrait. One of the best Pacific Ocean Maps of the period. The lower margin has been cropped just into the image, with the neatline added in facsimile and flawlessly remargined. Otherwise an gorgeous example of this highly sought after map.

Frederick De Wit Biography

De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.