Scarce Map of Crete from " La Galerie Agreable du Monde".
Aa, Pieter van der."I. Stemmers Fecit" Island of Crete"L'ile de Candie. ancennement Crete, avec les noms anciens et modernes de ses Villes. de nouveau publiée par Pierre Vander Aa. Merchand Libraire à Liede." " LugduniBatavorum"[Leiden] "Par Pierre van der Aa, Marchand Libraire, Imprimeurde l'Univerite et de la Ville." 1729
Copper engraved map of Crete of from volume 47 of Pieter van der Aa's " La Galerie Agreable du Monde." Black & white; verso blank. This scarce plate from van der Aa's monumental work shows the Island of Crete with cartography after Olfert Dapper; there are changes to the map with a new cartouche and mileage scale in place of the keys to names which appear on the Dapper which was published some 40 years previously. The cartouche to lower left corner depicts Zeus complete with thunderbolts atop clouds supported by 2 cornucopias, Poseidon sails in the sea , whilst the Labyrinth is depicted to the right. Clean & bright, dark impression with wide margins; centre fold; old ink number to lower right corner just outside printed area.
Pieter van der Aa 1659-1733
Pieter van der Aa was a publisher, editor and bookseller of Leiden. He started as a bookseller at the age of twenty-three. In 1682 he is mentioned as the owner of a bookshop and auction house and by 1692 was one of the High commissioners of the Booksellers' Guild.
As a publisher his output was varied and prodigious though his main interest was the production of maps and atlases, which he printed in all sizes. He published two extensive works in multiple volumes; the "Naaukeurige versameling der Gedenkwaardigste see-enland-reysen"[ "Collection of memorable sea and land voyages"] published 1706-1708 in 28 volumes and" La Galerie Agreable du Monde" 66 parts in 27 volumes, completed in 1729 and containing over 3 000 maps of which it is said only 100 sets were published (Tooley, p. 1) ;as well as various atlases such as the "Atlas Nouveau"completed circa 1710 and other illustrated books, Acquiring the map plates of earlier cartographers and map mappers, van der Aa was famous for re-issuing several important maps in the eighteenth century. Many of these maps were engraved by well-known Dutch engravers such as Luiken, Goeree and Stoopendael, and are typical examples of early eighteenth-century map production.
Koeman1: Aa9, Vol.47; pl.15 ; Zacharakis:29. 253 by 342mm (10 by 13½ inches).[page:363x470mm.]
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