Pieter van der Aa

Pieter van der Aa

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.


1706 - Amerika of de Nieuwe Weerld Aller Eerst Door C Kolumbus . . . 1492

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Decorative map of America, illustrating the voyage of Christopher Columbus to then New World in 1492. Includes and incomplete Great Lakes, unknown Northwest Coast of America, highly inaccurate mapping of the Mississippi River, the 7 Cities of Cibola...


1706 - De Koninkryken van Guzaratte Cambaya en Mogol Tot aen Bengale en Pegu . . .

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Detailed regional map of the mouth of the Ganges and neighboring regions in the Bay of Bengal, illustrating the narrative of Nino da Cunha. Includes decorative cartouche and vignette. The map offered here was used by Vander Aa to illustrate a Dutch...


1711 - Sphaera Armillaris Copernicana [Rare Broadside of the Leiden Sphere]

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Fine broadside illustrating the so-called "Leiden Sphere," engraved by Pieter Vander Aa, in Leiden. The Leiden Sphere, a mechanical armillary sphere or orrery, was built around 1670 by the clockmaker Steven Tracy, for the mayor of Rotterdam. It is...


1706 - F. Draakx Schip-Vaart door de Straat en Zuyd Zee gedaan om de gantsen Aard Kloot

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Striking world map illustrating Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe. The map shows Drake's route from London through the Straits of Magellan, up to the northern part of the Island of California, across through the Ladrones and the...


1713 - Nova Orbis Terraquei Tabula Accuratissimi Delineata

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Dramatic double hemisphere map of the World, published in Ledien by Pieter Van Der Aa. The map includes an unnamed set sailing tracts. California is shown as an island. The Mississippi River and Great Lakes are based upon early 18th Century French...


1713 - Planisphere Terrestre Suivant les nouvelle Observations des Astronomes Dressee et presente Roy Tres Chretien par Mr. Cassini le Fils . . .

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Fine example of Vander Aa's map of the World, utilizing Casini's important north polar projection. The map is a close copy of the extremely rare Cassini-Nolin map issued in 1696 which was one of the most carefully prepared and scientifically accurate...


1706 - H Benzos Scheep-togt nit Italie over Sanje nade Westindize Eylanden en Kusten vant Zuider America

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Detailed map of the Atlantic and contiguous coastlines, which was prepared to illustrate the Dutch Account of Girolamo Benzoni's voyage to America in 1541. Benzoni (born Milan ca 1519) travelled to America in 1541, visiting the Caribbean, Isthmus of...


1707 - Les Cotes de la Virginie, les Detroits de Forbisher et de Hudson (Shows discovery of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard)

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Detailed map of Northeastern America and the Atlantic, illustrating the route from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, published to illustrate the voyage of Bartholemew Gosnold, who is generally credited with the discovery of Cape Cod and Martha's...


1707 - d'Engelze Volkplanting in Virginie door Iohan Smith Bezogt en verder uytgeset [John Smith Map of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc.]

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Scarce map of the region from the Chesapeake to Long Island, intended to illustrate the Dutch Translation of Smith's Account of Virginia. The map is loosely based upon John Smith's map, extending from the Chesapeake to Long Island, and including a...


1706 - 'T Amerikaans Gewest van Florida Door Ferdinand De Soto . . .

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Fascinating map of the Southeastern part of the future United States, based largely upon Sanson's map of Florida from 1657. The map is intended to illustrate the expedition of Ferdinand de Soto in 1534, based upon his original accounts. Fine...


1706 - Zee en Land togten der Franszen Geaan na,en in't Americaans Gewest van Florida, aller-eerst door Joh. Pontius ontdekt

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Nice example of Vander Aa's decorative map of the Carolinas, illustrating the travel and discoveries of Ponce De Leon. The map is based upon the earlier Hondius-Mercator map of the same region, with a few later influences. There is no waterfall into...


1707 - De Voor Eylanden Van America Tegens de Vaste Kusten van Florida, Mexico, Nieuw Spanje, Caragena, iucatan, en Darien Met de Grenzen aande Zuyd Zee Gelegen

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Detailed regional map of Florida and the Caribbean, used by Vander Aa to illustrate a Dutch translation of the narrative of one of Columbus' Voyages to the New World. Shows Central America and the Caribbean in full, with small parts of South America...


1700 - Canada ou Nouvelle France Suivant les Nouvelles Observations

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Decorative example of Vander Aa's map of Canada and the Great Lakes. Nice example, with the picture frame border, which appeared in Vander Aa's Nouvelle Theatre Du Monde, published in 1713. The map extends south to the Chesapeake and west to the...


1707 - 'T Noorder Deel Van Amerika Door C. Kolumbus in zyn Eerste Togt Ontdekt en dessefs Kusten en Voor-Eylanden Een en andermaal bevaaren (Island of California)

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Decorative map of North America, which appeared in the Dutch translation of the Narrative of Columbus' first voyage to the New World. The map shows California as an Island, highly inaccurate Mississippi River and open Great Lakes, with no sign of the...


1705 - L'Amerique Septentrionale Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie de Sciences, etc. . . .

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Nice example of Vander Aa's map of North America, based upon Guillaume De L'Isle's map of 1700. Uncommon map of North America and the West Indies. Interesting depiction of California which is ambiguous about whether it is an island or not. The Gulf of...


1714 - La Nouvelle Espagne

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Rare map of central and western Mexico, published by Vander Aa. Mexico City is located on the banks of a large lake, and numerous gold and silver mines are scattered across the map. This map is from a revised copper plate originally engraved by Pieter...