[MORTIER, Pierre (1661-1711)]
L'Amerique, Dressée sur les N: Observations, faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre, rectifiée par Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, &c. &c. [headline title]
Amsterdam: Jean Covens and Corneille Mortier, 1756. Hand-coloured engraved map, printed on six joined sheets, sectioned and linen-backed at an early date. Sheet size: 45 1/2 x 53 1/2 inches. Provenance: Jacques Maurice Hatry, General in Chief de lArmee de Mayence (bookplate on verso). Housed in a red morocco backed box.
An extraordinary mid-18th century separately-issued wall map of North and South America, with beautiful original hand colouring.
Pierre Mortier published wall maps of the world and four continents after his own compilations between 1705 and 1709. The plates survived and the firm Covens and Mortier re-issued the wall maps at various points during their illustrious 18th century cartographic history. The present 1756 issue is unrecorded by Von Egmond, though appears to be identical to the 1736 issue, with the Russian explorations of 1730 in the Pacific Northwest (i.e. present-day Alaska) and a large Mer de l'Ouest, but without the decorative side borders. The cartouche at the upper left, with a slightly variant title to the headline title as above, depicts Native American cupids with bows, arrows; the cartouche at the lower left is an emblematic scene showing Native Americans bestowing riches upon European explorers.
Given its large size, 18th century Mortier wall maps are rare; this beautiful example with stunning original hand colouring one of very few known. We find no other example of this issue appearing on the market since the Harmsworth copy in 1949.
cf. Marco Von Egmond, Covens & Mortier 30.2 (1736 issue).