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Johannes Covens (1697-1774) was a Dutch geographic publisher based in Amsterdam. He is best known for his collaboration with fellow publisher Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783). Pierre Mortier the Elder (1661-1711) had obtained a privilege in 1690 to distribute the works of French geographers in the Netherlands. After his widow continued the business for several years, Cornelis took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Covens, who had recently married Cornelis’ sister. They published under the joint name of Covens & Mortier. In 1774, upon the death of his father, Johannes Covens II (1722-1794) took over his father’s share. In 1778, the company changed its name to J. Covens & Zoon, or J. Covens & son.

Covens II’s son, Cornelis (1764-1825), later inherited the business and brought Petrus Mortier IV back into the fold. Petrus was the great-grandson of Petrus Mortier I. From 1794, the business was called Mortier, Covens & Zoon, or Mortier, Covens, & Son.

The business specialized in publishing French geographers including Deslisle, Jaillot, Janssonius, and Sanson. They also published atlases, for example a 1725 reissue of Frederik de Wit’s Atlas Major and an atlas, with additions, from the works of Guillaume Delisle. There were also Covens & Mortier pocket atlases and town atlases. The company profited from acquiring plates from other geographers as well. For example, the purchased Pieter van der Aa’s plates in 1730. Finally, they also compiled a few maps in house. At their height, they had the largest collection of geographic prints ever assembled in Amsterdam.

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41754
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
23533
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49094
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49194
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745 circa
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49859
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39274se
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1732
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51882
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1725 circa
Size:
22.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
53111
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
22.5 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
52561
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1774
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55896
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1692 (1700 ca)
Size:
34 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56151
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1695 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
44983
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1741
Size:
20 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
60941
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700 circa
Size:
18.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
53782
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1710 circa
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42969

Archived

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1730
Size:
23 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
1405BJ
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0464
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1755
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0466
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1735
Size:
11.5 x 9 inches
Condition:
Fine
Stock#:
6188
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1700
Size:
8.5 x 6.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
6256
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0599
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0602
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
19 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0604
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0608
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0609
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
0610
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
0612
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0617
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
0620
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0772
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1738
Size:
21 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
9764
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1738
Size:
21 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
9818
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2651
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
19 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
4436
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1690
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
3172
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
5480
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1774
Size:
23.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
7072
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
10253
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720
Size:
23 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
11280
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1741
Size:
19 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
14046
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1710
Size:
24.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
15383
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720 circa
Size:
25 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17874
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1720
Size:
25 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
18348
Place/Date:
Paris / 1720
Size:
24.5 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
19317
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1745
Size:
24 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
21198
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1740
Size:
24 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
21210