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West Indies, by Frederick de Wit. c. 1680

This map is derived from the very rare Hessel Gerrtisz map, c. 1631. This version is, however, more closely related to the Johannes van loon of 1661.


Frederick de Wit (1630-1706)

The engraver and map-seller, Frederick de Wit, was born at Gouda (Netherlands) in 1630 as a son of Hendrick Fredericksz de Wit. Through his marriage with Maria van der Waag of Amsterdam in 1661, he obtained the citizenship of the city where he had been working since 1648 and where he became one of the most famous engravers of maps of the second half of the 17th century. Although De Wit was a Catholic, which meant that he was not favoured at the time by the city-council, he was awarded the honour of being listed as one of the "excellent citizen" on the roll of the city council in the years 1694-1704. His name was not written in the book of the Guild of St. Luke before 1664. At that time, he already lived on the Kalverstraat "in de Witte Pascaert", where he stayed until his death in 1706. The earliest dates on maps engraved by him are 1659 (Regni Daniae) and 1660 (Worldmap).

Frederick de Wit published a number of world atlases, a sea atlas, and an atlas of the Netherlands.

The dating of the maps is difficult. As a privilege was granted in 1689, the annotation 'cum privilegio' marks an edition after 1688.

Around 1700 Frederick de Wit entered the market with a town atlas. He produced two volumes with in total 260 plans and views. The majority of these were printed from plates used for the town atlases of Janssonius and Blaeu, respectively.

After his death in 1706, his widow continued the shop until 1709. The plates and stock of De Wit's atlas were sold to Covens & Mortier, in 1710, who sold the atlas for a long period.

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Indiarum Occidentalium Tractus Littoralis cum Insulis Caribicis. - Pascaert van Westindien ende Caribise Eylanden.

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Item Number:  29176  new
Category:  Antique maps > America > West Indies
References: Carhart de Wit (2016) - p. 478, C29.4; Burden - II, p. 95, #468

Old, antique sea chart of the West Indies, by Frederick de Wit.

Title: Indiarum Occidentalium Tractus Littoralis cum Insulis Caribicis. - Pascaert van Westindien ende Caribise Eylanden.
t'Amsterdam Gedruckt by Frederick de Wit inde Kalverstraet inde Witte Pascaert

Engraver: Romeyn de Hooghe.

Date of the first edition: ca. 1671-76.
Date of this map: c. 1680.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 485 x 560mm (19.09 x 22.05 inches).
Sheet size: 540 x 640mm (21.26 x 25.2 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, reinforcements with archival paper at the back.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas. Amsterdam, F. de Wit, c. 1680.

This map is derived from the very rare Hessel Gerrtisz map, c. 1631. This version is, however, more closely related to the Johannes van loon of 1661.


Frederick de Wit (1630-1706)

The engraver and map-seller, Frederick de Wit, was born at Gouda (Netherlands) in 1630 as a son of Hendrick Fredericksz de Wit. Through his marriage with Maria van der Waag of Amsterdam in 1661, he obtained the citizenship of the city where he had been working since 1648 and where he became one of the most famous engravers of maps of the second half of the 17th century. Although De Wit was a Catholic, which meant that he was not favoured at the time by the city-council, he was awarded the honour of being listed as one of the "excellent citizen" on the roll of the city council in the years 1694-1704. His name was not written in the book of the Guild of St. Luke before 1664. At that time, he already lived on the Kalverstraat "in de Witte Pascaert", where he stayed until his death in 1706. The earliest dates on maps engraved by him are 1659 (Regni Daniae) and 1660 (Worldmap).

Frederick de Wit published a number of world atlases, a sea atlas, and an atlas of the Netherlands.

The dating of the maps is difficult. As a privilege was granted in 1689, the annotation 'cum privilegio' marks an edition after 1688.

Around 1700 Frederick de Wit entered the market with a town atlas. He produced two volumes with in total 260 plans and views. The majority of these were printed from plates used for the town atlases of Janssonius and Blaeu, respectively.

After his death in 1706, his widow continued the shop until 1709. The plates and stock of De Wit's atlas were sold to Covens & Mortier, in 1710, who sold the atlas for a long period.

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