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1700. [Title Page - Backwards World Map! / California as an Island]

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Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 2598x4176 px
Disk Size: 
 1.40373MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Amsterdam

Print information. Print size (Width x height in inches):
Printing at 72 dpi 
  36.08 х 58
Printing at 150 dpi 
 17.32 х 27.84
Printing at 300 dpi 
 8.66 х 13.92

Curious world map on title page, with the world projected backwards!

Johannes Covens (1697-1774) was a Dutch geographic publisher based in Amsterdam. He is best known for his collaboration with fellow publisher Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783). 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 took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Covens, 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, 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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Item information:

Year of creation:
Size:
2598x4176 px
Disk:
1.40373MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Amsterdam
Author:
Johannes Covens. Cornelis Mortier.
$14.99

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