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Decorative c. 1700 Mortier map of the Red Sea with important inset maps of Mombasa and Perim.

Place/Date: Amsterdam / ca. 1700
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Title: Carte Particulere de la Mer Rouge & c. Levee par Ordre des Roys de Portugal
Dimensions
51 x 58 cm (20 x 23 in)
Identifier
NL-00384
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Decorative map with original color in outline shows the Red Sea and in-set maps of Mombasa in Kenya and the island Perim in the Bab-el-Mandeb between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula.

The map was published by Pierre Mortier (1661-1711), one of the most commercially successful map publishers of his time, who opened his own cartography enterprise in 1690. Operating in Amsterdam, Mortier benefitted from the Dutch Republic’s highly developed print market and liberal censorship laws. Mortier formed a partnership with his brother David, but maintained a dominant role in the relationship.

Following Pierre Mortier’s death in 1711, his firm was maintained for a decade by his heirs. In 1721, the firm was rolled into the partnership of Johannes Covens and Cornelis Mortier. From its headquarters at the Vijgendam in Amsterdam, the firm issued numerous full feature atlases and separately-issued maps predicated on the latest sources, including those relating to current events such as the Ottoman-European Wars, including the Black Sea region.

Cartographer(s)

Pierre Mortier

Pieter Mortier (1661–1711) was an 18th-century mapmaker and engraver from the Northern Netherlands.

Condition Description

Nice margins and the middle fold with very light stains, original red color slightly smeared. This map represents the right plate of a chart that normally consists of two joined plates.

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