Pieter van der Aa Sea Chart 1713
Pieter van der Aa Sea Chart 1713
This is a first edition of this map i.e dated 1713
Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Van der Aa maps are rarely found in original coloring
Size (not including margins): 28.5 x 36.5cm (11.1 x 14.2 inches)
Original body colour, trimmed to neatline and mounted on heavy paper at an early time.
References: Van der Krogt 4, 66:08; Koeman, Aa7 (183).
Map taken from:
Nouvel Atlas, très exact et fort commode pour toutes sortes de personnes, Contenant Les Principales cartes géographiques. Leiden, P. Van der Aa, n.d. (1713) (Koeman, Aa7).
Dr. Ir. C. Koeman ATLANTES NEERLANDICI Bibliography of terrestrial, maritime and celestial atlases and pilot books, published in the Netherlands up to 1880. Amsterdam, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, 1967. 5 vol. in-4°.
Peter van der Krogt Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Volume IV The Town Atlases Braun & Hogenberg, Janssonius, Blaeu, De Wit, Mortier and others. Netherlands - Houten, Hes & De Graaf Publishers B.V., 2010. ISBN 978 90 6194 458 4
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was one of the most prominent and ambitious European publishers of his day, famous for turning both his own as well as pre-existing cartographic endeavors into sumptuously elegant and highly stylized engravings, almost always precisely detailed. Born in the city of Leiden in The Netherlands, van der Aa was apprenticed to a local bookseller at the age of nine, and by 21, had established his own publishing, printing, and auctioneering concern. Taking advantage of Leiden’s position as one of the oldest and most important centers of higher learning in Europe (Leiden University was founded in 1575), van der Aa made a name for himself early on by publishing classical Latin texts that pertained to medicine and science. He was admitted into Leiden’s prestigious Booksellers Guild in 1677, and in 1692 was appointed as one of the Guild’s High Commissioners. By 1715, he had become the Official Printer of both the city of Leiden and Leiden University.
Over the course of his career, van der Aa produced thousands of highly decorative maps and atlases, many of them accompanying translations into Dutch of narratives documenting exploratory voyages to the New World. He was also the forerunner of the idea of separating border artwork from the map plate itself, allowing each map in a collection to display an elaborate border without the necessity of re-engraving the intricate plates, a technique used to great effect later in the century by publishers such as Brion de la Tour. The pinnacle of van der Aa's career came in 1729 with the publication of his La Galerie Agreable du Monde, essentially an illustrated atlas of the entire known world. A vast project consisting of 66 parts bound into 27 volumes, La Galerie utilized over 3,000 plates, covering not only maps, architectural plans, landscapes, and pictures, but also illustrating the customs, religions, and history of the peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and is considered by many historians to be the apex of the field of “exotic geography” that flourished in Europe between the 1660s and 1730s. One of the few remaining sets resides today in the Royal Library of Britain’s Royal Collection Trust.
Despite his prolific output, most examples of van der Aa’s work — including two highly regarded maps of the island of Bermuda — are today exceedingly rare and highly coveted by collectors.