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Pierre Mortier: Carte de la Mer de Dannemark et des Entrees de la Mer Baltique

Map: SCAN2513
Cartographer: Pierre Mortier
Title: Carte de la Mer de Dannemark et des Entrees de la Mer Baltique
Date: 1708
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 34 inches / 87 cm
Height: 23 inches / 59 cm
Map ref: SCAN2513
Truly sumptuous example of Mortier's chart of Denmark, Zealand, the western Baltic Sea, the south of Norway and the western coast of Sweden.

This is one of the maps of the first volume of the Neptune Francois which concentrates on charts of the coasts of north west Europe and France. It is orientated to show north to the left and is centered on Denmark while also showing the islands of Zealand and Fionia or modern Funen. It also shows the south coast of Norway and the west coast of Sweden as well as a part of the coast of Friesland in Holland and the north German 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 colour. [SCAN2513] (BC)
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