Atlas Minor, Sive Geographia Compendiosa in Qua Orbis Terrarium Paucis Attamen Novissimis Tabulis Ostenditur. Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde.

Atlas Minor, Sive Geographia Compendiosa in Qua Orbis Terrarium Paucis Attamen Novissimis Tabulis Ostenditur. Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde.
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Amsterdam: Chez Regner & Josue Ottens, [c.1720-1750]. Folio, untrimmed, title page in red and black with engraved vignette by F. Ottens, engraved frontispiece, and 27 hand-coloured plates, comprising double-page table of information on European countries and 26 maps (25 double-page, 1 triple-page). Disbound. Moderate toning and edgewear, some water damage to the top margins, all well outside the plate marks, a few plates with closed tears along folds (see plate list for more detail). Overall an excellent selection of maps by De L’Isle and others with wide margins and contemporary coloring perfect for study or framing. Hand-coloured atlas assembled by the Ottens brothers, including several important maps by Guillaume De L’Isle. “The brothers Reiner and Josua Ottens assembled collections of maps in atlas form from the 1720s onwards until about 1750. Although no two atlases assumed to have been assembled by the Ottens brothers are the same, many of the extant examples contain a standard engraved title with their imprint [as here]. Few maps collected and sold by the Ottens firm actually bear an Ottens imprint: many were taken from the stocks of the leading publishers of the day in Amsterdam or Paris” (Courtesy: Sotheby’s). This disbound atlas includes nine maps by the renowned French cartographer Guillaume de L’Isle (1675-1726) including Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and the British Isles. De L’Isle (sometimes spelled Delisle) was highly renowned for his scholarship and accuracy in the age of discovery. His maps were based as far as possible on recent eyewitness accounts, rather than historical assumptions, and he often insisted that observations be corroborated by more than one authority. This enabled him to correct many long-standing cartographical mistakes and inaccuracies, such as the size of the Mediterranean and the source of the Blue Nile, and he was among the first to reject the theory that California was an island. His famous map L’Amerique Septentrionale, included here, demonstrates his skepticism for the island theory while acknowledging the limits of current knowledge by depicting California as a peninsular yet leaving a small gap in the engraved lines at the top of the Gulf of California. (Leighly, California as an Island, 1972). Please enquire for a complete plate list. (Item Id: 109169)

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