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Frederick De Wit

Frederick De Wit


De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.



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1670 - Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina recens delineata, et in lucem edita per Fredericum De Wit

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Old color example of De Wit's map of the Holy Land, oriented to the West, and divided among the Tribes of Israel on both sides of the Jordan. The shore line runs from Sidon to Egypt. The Kishon River connects Haifa Bay to the Lake of Tiberias. Along...


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1675 - Tractus Littorales Guineae a Promontorio Verde usque ad Sinum Catenbelae . . .

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Striking old color example of the first edition of De Wit's sea chart of West Africa, from his Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas. The map extends from Senegal in the north to Angola in the south, centered on the Bay of Guinea. There is a wealth of...


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1676 - Poli Arctici et terrarum Circumiaccentium Descriptio Novissima Par Fredericum De Wit

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Old color example of Jansson's map of the North Polar regions, newly revised by Frederick De Wit. The map shows Baffin's Bay, Button's Bay and James Bay, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsberge (with incomplete coastline), Lappland, Russian and European Asia,...