Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1693.
Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 19.5 x 33".
The large chart of the NW coast of Africa extends from Cape Boujdour south as far as the Senegal River, with the southern part of the coast depicted in an inset. Oriented to the left, it depicts the region of modern day Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. The sea chart offers incredible detail along the coast noting towns, rivers, islands and coastal features including banks and depth soundings. The map is in good condition with large margins. Minor wear along the centerfold with some offsetting and foxing, large horizontal fold. Original pressmark is visible. Two sheets joined at center.
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" or "Suite de Neptune Francois", considered to contain the most beautiful examples of cartographic art. Most of the charts from the atlas were based on earlier manuscripts by the Portuguese, who were the first explorers of the African coast.