Amsterdam. hardcover. Atlas with 104 double page maps and title page in full original color and an index. Folio, measures 22" x 13.5". Bound in original vellum-wrapped wood with gold stamped title and spine; a.e.g. A simple de Wit binding with the Supralibros "Eberhand Nies" and the date of 1690 stamped into the vellum at a later date. Staining to the vellum has weakened the tooling. No printed date or title. Binding separating at spine. Ink notations on title page. Creasing and minor tearing to a few maps. Minor scattered stains and foxing, mainly to margins. Maps are generally in excellent condition. very good(+).
This stunning atlas includes maps of the Western Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Europe, individual European countries, Malta, Tartary, East Indies, Russia, Persia, the Holy Land and regional maps of Spain, Germany, France and the United Provinces. Several maps include various views (Sicily, the Peloponnesian Peninsula, and Crete). Nearly all maps include decorative cartouches, often with various coats of arms and heraldic crests. The title page features the globe (showing the Old World), with Atlas holding up the sky and the sun streaming in with original gold highlights. Most notable however, is the fantastic double hemisphere world map. The beautifully detailed map includes views of the North and South poles, and is decorated with allegorical scenes illustrating the seasons, the elements and the zodiac. Particularly popular, is the drunken scene in the lower right featuring Bacchus being carried. The map itself shows California as an island and misshapen Great Lakes. Incomplete coastlines name New Zealand. This is the second state of the map, with cherubs in the cusps and a distinct border. Frederick de Wit (1629/30--1706) was one of the foremost cartographers and map sellers of the Dutch Golden Age. Based in Amsterdam, he began with a small printing shop in 1654 and soon became internationally known for his city plans and wall maps of the world. By 1671, he was producing large folio atlases for both his shop and individual patrons that could contain anywhere between 15 and 150 maps. He was one of the first Dutch cartographers to publish an Atlas without text. Therefore he could produce new editions quickly. DeWit's productions are often misunderstood due to the variety of the collations. According to Dr. Carhart, this atlas was assembled some time between November 1689 and November 1690. These dates come from the date for the battle of Widin, October 16, 1689 that is indicated on map 76 : REGNI | HUNGARIÆ, in the atlas. He lists this as the 5th state of this map. State 5 was then amended with the retaking of Belgrade by the Ottomans on October 8, 1690.