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Covens & Mortier

Covens & Mortier


Covens & Mortier was one of the largest and most successful publishing firms in Dutch history and continued in business for over a century. Pierre Mortier the Elder (1661-1711) had obtained a privilege in 1690 to distribute the works of French geographers in the Netherlands. After his widow continued the business for several years, Cornelis (1699-1783) took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Johannes Covens (1697-1774), who had recently married Cornelis’ sister. They published under the joint name of Covens & Mortier. In 1774, upon the death of his father, Johannes Covens II (1722-1794) took over his father’s share. In 1778, the company changed its name to J. Covens & Zoon, or J. Covens & Son.

Covens II’s son, Cornelis (1764-1825), later inherited the business and brought Petrus Mortier IV back into the fold. Petrus was the great-grandson of Petrus Mortier I. From 1794, the business was called Mortier, Covens & Zoon, or Mortier, Covens, & Son.

The business specialized in publishing French geographers including Deslisle, Jaillot, Janssonius, and Sanson. They also published atlases, for example a 1725 reissue of Frederik de Wit’s Atlas Major and an atlas, with additions, from the works of Guillaume Delisle. There were also Covens & Mortier pocket atlases and town atlases. The company profited from acquiring plates from other geographers as well. For example, the purchased Pieter van der Aa’s plates in 1730. Finally, they also compiled a few maps in house. At their height, they had the largest collection of geographic prints ever assembled in Amsterdam.



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1730 - Carte Du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France et des Decouvertes qui y ont ete faites . . .

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Fine example of Covens & Mortier's edition of De L'Isle's seminal map of Canada, the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, and one of the most important and influential maps of Canada published in the 18th Century. De L'Isle's map is of seminal...


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1730 - Carte de la Terre Ferme du Perou, du Bresil, et du Pays des Amazones, Dressee sur les Descriptions de Herrera de Laet, et dP.P. d'Acuña, et M. Rodriguez, et sur plusieurs Relations et Observations posterieures . . .

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Nice old color example of Coven's & Mortier's edition of De L'Isle's maps of the northern part of South America. The map sjows Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guiana and parts of Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. De L'Isle was...


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1720 - Carte de la Terre Ferme du Perou, du Bresil, et du Pays des Amazones, Dressee sur les Descriptions de Herrera de Laet, et d'P.P. d'Acuña, et M. Rodriguez, et sur plusieurs Relations et Observations posterieures . . .

  • $14.99

Nice example of Coven's & Mortier's edition De L'Isle's maps of the northern part of South America. The map Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guiana and parts of Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. De L'Isle was known for his fine...


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1741 - Plan du Port de la Ville, et des Forteresses de Carthagene... Plan van... Cartagena.

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Superb Dutch Broadside Map of Admiral Vernon's Defeat at Cartagena in 1741. Double-page engraved map of the city of Cartagena, its harbor and surrounding forts, oriented with east at the top, published during the War of Jenkin's Ear. The map...


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1730 - Les Isles Britanniques ou sont le Royaumes d'Angleterre Tire de Sped Celuy D'Ecosse Tire de Th. Pont et Celuy D'Irlande Tire de Petti Le tout Rectifie Par Diverses Observations.

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Covens and Mortier's attractive double-page engraved map of the British Isles, based on the 1702 De L'Isle map. This example has a pleasing contemporary outline hand color. The map features a large cartouche in the upper left comprised of numerous...


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1741 - Carte Generale de L'Empire De Russie

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Impressive two-sheet engraved map of Russia, published by the famous Amsterdam mapmaking pair of Covens & Mortier, circa 1741. Probably based on the efforts of Joseph Nicholas de L'Isle, who revolutionized the mapping of Russia in the 1730s and...


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1700 - Magni Mogolis Imperium de Novo Correctum et Divisum Per F.De Wit . . .

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An attractive map of the region bounded by northern India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and extending inland up the Ganges and Indus Rivers to Tartary and the Himalayas, including Katmandu, Kabul and other legendary cities along the great...


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1700 - Het Heylige Land verdeeld in de Twaalf Stammen Israels . . .

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Finely engraved map illustrating the 12 Tribes of Israel, published in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier.