Title: Nova Scandinaviae tabula, ad usum serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis
Description: This Map of all of Scandinavia was originally designed by French Cartographer Hubert Jaillot in 1695. About 10 years later - after St. Perterburg was founded - Pierre Mortier - who was holding all printing rights of French Cartographer since 1690 - printed this version in Amsterdam. It is a beautiful example of the style and accuracy of the map making in the late 17th and very early 18th century. Not only the just founded St. Petersburg is shown on this map, but also cities like Oslo, Kopenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and many more.
Published : Amsterdam circa 1705 by Pieter (Pierre) Mortier
Size : circa 23 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches.
Coloring : original fine handcoloring
Condition: Good unfolded map, with minor aging (see picture)
Pieter (Pierre) Mortier (1661 - 1711) was a French cartographer, engraver, and print seller active in Amsterdam during the later 17th and early 18th centuries. The grandparents of Pieter Mortier were French refugees. Both Martijn de Mortier and his wife, Jenne de Lanoy, were born at Bon or Bondy near Paris. They came to Leiden, when they married in 1625. They became a son Pieter. This son Pieter married Anna Boot in Leiden in 1655. The family moved to Amsterdam in 1661 or 1662 after the birth of their son Pieter, who became a bookseller. Pieter Mortier was listed as a member of the booksellers guide on 27 august 1685. Being from French heritage, he had more easy access to French cartographers such as De L'Isle, Sanson, Jaillot, de Fer and De Wit. Consequently, much of Mortier's business was built upon leveraging the sophisticated Dutch printing establishment to issue embellished high quality editions of previously contemporary French maps. In the greater context of global cartography, this was a significant advantage as most Dutch map publishes had, at this point, fallen into the miasma of reprinting their own outdated works. By contrast, the cartographers of France were producing the most accurate and up to date charts anywhere. Mortier's cartographic work culminated in the magnificent nautical atlas, Le Neptune Francois. Upon Pierre's death in 1711 this business was inherited by his widow. In 1721 his son Cornelius Mortier took over the day to day operation of the firm. Cornelius partnered with his brother-in-law Jean Covens to form one of history's great cartographic partnerships - Covens and Mortier - which continued to publish maps and atlases until about 1866.
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