Amsterdam: Covens and Mortier. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 20.25" x 27.5"
This rare reference engraving illustrates principal terms of geometry, fortification, and artillery for use in battle during the mid-18th century. The top left section shows geometrical shapes and tools of mathematical drafting. The top center and right sections show plans and schemata for the construction and layout of fortifications. At the left and right center of the engraving are illustrations of battle artillery, and in the middle of the sections, more plans for the situation and organization of forts. At the bottom, surrounding the cartouche, are representations of cannons and other firearms. The title is given in French above the map and in Dutch in a decorative title cartouche at the bottom crowned with two eagles. The print is from a Dutch edition of De L'Isle's work entitled "Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde, Ou sont exactement Remarquées les Empires, Monarchies, Royaumes, Etats, Republiques &c." It is in very good condition with some toning. Some chips and small tears to the margin not affecting the image. Small crease to lower right corner. The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier (1665-c. 1862) was established by Cornelius Mortier and Jean Covens. Together, the two republished the works of great 17th and early 18th century Dutch and French cartographers such as De L'Isle, Allard, Jansson, De Wit, and Ottens. The firm quickly grew into one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing outfits of the 18th century and enjoyed a long and prolific life under a variety of names.