Henry de Leth, 1768.
Map. Engraving. Image 16 1/8 x 19 1/4 inches.
Striking plan of the port city of Rotterdam on the Maas River in the Dutch province of South Holland. Top left in a block is a legend with 76 main street buildings and, top right in cartouche the provincial coat of arms from Holland and the city arms of Rotterdam. Extensive repairs to center margin and gate 36. The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier (1665-c. 1862) was established by Cornelius Mortier and his brother in law, 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. A wonderful depiction of the canal city also called the gateway to Western Europe.