Vander Aa's edition of Arnold Colom's map of the World, first published in 1655 and re-issued in 1660 in by Jacob Van Meurs. The two hemispheres are surrounded by six figures, representing day and night and the four elements. California is shown as a an Island, but the NW Coast of America and the Strait of Anian remain prominent. The large southern continent has now disappeared entirely from the Western Hemisphere, although a trace remains in the Eastern Hemisphere. This edition is updated to show a nearly complete Australia, lacking only a portion of its southern coastline. The Great Lakes are not yet present.Good condition,cropped close to margin but not affecting printed surface.Hand Colour Shirley 417. SOLD

code : M31

Cartographer : Pieter Van Der AA

Date : 90000./ .1700 Leiden

Size : 25*36

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Pieter Van Der Aa (1659-1733)

Van Der Aa was a prolific publisher, working in Leiden during the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Much of his output consisted of re-issues and re-engravings of map and view plates that he had acquired from earlier mapmakers. Little of his output was original, though that which is has a very distinct style, precisely and elegantly engraved, and is much sought-after today.

Perhaps his most remarkable publication was the elaborate Galerie Agreable Du Monde, issued in 1729, in 66 parts, bound into 27 volumes, which contained about 3,000 plates, apparently limited to 100 sets. Another of his extensive publications was the Cartes Des Itineraires Et Voyages Modernes, a collection of 28 volumes of travel accounts, illustrated with a series of small, but finely engraved maps, often with decorative pictorial title-pieces.

An interesting feature of Van Der Aa's method is that several of his atlases include maps printed within large, separately engraved, elaborately designed mock-frame borders, which were prepared with a blank centre so that individual maps could be over-printed on that area.

Despite the quantity and variety of Van Der Aa's publications they seem to have had only a limited circulation, and so are now scarce.