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Pierre Mortier: Carte de la Mer Meridional Contenant une Partie des Costes de L'Afrique et de L'Amerique Meridionale

Map: AMER2347
Cartographer: Pierre Mortier
Title: Carte de la Mer Meridional Contenant une Partie des Costes de L'Afrique et de L'Amerique Meridionale
Date: 1700
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 21 inches / 54 cm
Map ref: AMER2347
Very fine example of Mortier's chart of the South Atlantic between Africa and South America.

Charts of the south Atlantic were standard maps within sea atlases, satisfying European curiosity about the routes of voyages to the East and West Indies as well as showing the sea areas relevant to trans-Atlantic trade between Africa and South America. The coasts of the countries shown on the map include the Guianas, Brazil and Argentina on the South American coast with Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Equitorial Guinea, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa shown on the African coast.

The “Neptune Francois” was first issued simultaneously in Paris and Amsterdam by Hubert Jaillot and Pierre Mortier respectively in 1693. The project was highly successful and Mortier developed the Atlas by adding two more sections or volumes to it. The first, Vol II was also issued in 1693 and consisted of a set of charts provided by the noted Dutch artist Romeyn de Hooghe. Collectively these are known as the “ Cartes Marines a l’Usage des Armees du Roy de Grande Bretagne” and were originally drawn for William III of Great Britain. De Hooghe was primarily an artist and his charts bear a distinctive pictorial aspect. They have become renowned for their aesthetics, being cited as the most beautiful set of charts ever published. Volume III added in 1700, entitled “Suite de Neptune” concentrated on charts outside of French territory, including maps of the New World, the West Indies, South East Asia and the Indian Ocean among others.

Mortier’s edition was a prestige work. Later scholars have found that his book was the most expensive sea atlas produced in Amsterdam up to that time. On the rare occasions that an example of one of the maps in full original colour can be obtained, it is easily perceived why this work is cited as one of the finest and most spectacular atlases ever produced.

Magnificent original hand colour. [AMER2347]
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