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Arabia by Pieter van der Aa

Pieter van der Aa (Leiden, 1659-1733)

Pieter van der Aa was already in 1682 owner of a bookshop and auction house. During his life, he has published an enormous amount of printed material.
After 1700, van der Aa increasingly specialised in books on geography and travel.
He published composite atlases, a series of geographical descriptions of European countries, and some very spectacular works. Between 1706 and 1708 he published the Naauweurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen, in 28 volumes.
Many of Van der Aa’s publications are richly illustrated with maps and plates. He took over many copperplates and prints from other publishers such as Carel Allard and Frederik De Wit. The composite atlases that appeared from his workshop contain a curious mixture of his own material, copies of maps from other publishers, and reprints made from old copper plates, now with his own imprint.
The Galérie agréable du monde, was completed in 1729, and comprised 66 parts, bound in 27 volumes. Van der Aa presented it as a good investment; after publication, the antiquarian value of the work would double, the more so since it was printed in a limited edition of only one hundred copies.

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De Roode Zee met de Kusten van Arabien; en het Naauw tussen Aden en Zeila tot aan Bassora. - Pieter Van der Aa, 1714.

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Item Number:  26103
Category:  Antique maps > Asia > Middle East
References: Koeman - Aa2 (35); Tibbetts - #192

Old map of Arabia with the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, by P. Van der Aa.

With French title in lower margin.

Date of the first edition: 1707 (without French title)
Date of this map: 1714

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 16 x 23cm (6.2 x 8.9 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Original coloured, trimmed to neatline and mounted on heavy paper at an early time.
Condition Rating: A
References: Koeman, Aa2 (35); Tibbetts, #192; Not in Khaled Al Ankary.

From: Atlas Nouveau Et Curieux Des Plus Celebres Itineraires. Leiden, P. Van der Aa, n.d. (1714) (Koeman, Aa2).

This rare map didn't appear in the "Galerie Agréable".

Van der Aa maps are rarely found in original colouring.

Pieter van der Aa (Leiden, 1659-1733)

Pieter van der Aa was already in 1682 owner of a bookshop and auction house. During his life, he has published an enormous amount of printed material.
After 1700, van der Aa increasingly specialised in books on geography and travel.
He published composite atlases, a series of geographical descriptions of European countries, and some very spectacular works. Between 1706 and 1708 he published the Naauweurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen, in 28 volumes.
Many of Van der Aa’s publications are richly illustrated with maps and plates. He took over many copperplates and prints from other publishers such as Carel Allard and Frederik De Wit. The composite atlases that appeared from his workshop contain a curious mixture of his own material, copies of maps from other publishers, and reprints made from old copper plates, now with his own imprint.
The Galérie agréable du monde, was completed in 1729, and comprised 66 parts, bound in 27 volumes. Van der Aa presented it as a good investment; after publication, the antiquarian value of the work would double, the more so since it was printed in a limited edition of only one hundred copies.