Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1705.
Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.5 x 19.5".
Beautiful map of the Iberian Peninsula with several place names and topography noted. Includes the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza. Territories shown with outline color. Map is on good condition with minor wear along centerfold and some offsetting. Minor spotting. Margins shows toning along edges and some spotting. Based on the earlier plates by Nicolas Sanson (1600 - 1667), who is considered the founder of the French school of cartography. In reaction to the prevailing trend of Dutch lavishness, Sanson favored minimal details, focusing rather on accurate cartography than ornament. Pierre Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch cartographer, engraver, and printseller who worked in Amsterdam. He used advanced Dutch printing methods to produce high quality editions of contemporary French maps by cartographers such as De L'Isle, Sanson, Jaillot, de Fer and De Wit. His greatest feat was the nautical atlas "Le Neptune Francois." This map is a resplendent example of his work.
Condition: Very Good