308 the visitor was confronted with a dazzling succession of maps and atlases, all of them, in their genre, masterpieces of cartography: sixteenth-century work by, for example, Saenredam, Plancius, Langenes and Heyns; from the seventeenth century, when Am- sterdam map production was at its height, the main exhibits were naturally products of the great houses of Blaeu, Hondius andjanssonius, though there were also pieces by Claes Jansz Visscher, Jacob Aertsz Colom and Pieter van der Keere. Joan Blaeu's Atlas maior, varying according to the edition from nine to twelve volumes, was represented by volumes from the Latin, French, Dutch, Spanish and German editions. There were also two extremely rare world maps by Frederik de Wit, Nova et accurata totius Africae tabula of 1700, each measuring no less than 168 by 120 cm. The eighteenth century was represented by, among other items, work by the map dealers and publishers Covens and Mortier and Reinier and Joshua Ottens. But it was clear that by this time the golden age of Amsterdam mapmaking had passed: the accent was now more obviously on copy- ing and compiling than on creative cartography. In the nineteenth century mapmaking passed more and more into the
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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