COVENS, Johannes, and Cornelis MORTIER, Johann Baptist HOMANN, and others. Composite atlas, [Amsterdam and Nuremberg: 1721 or later].
2° (543 x 335mm). Mezzotint portrait of Johann Hbner, 80 double-page hand-coloured engraved maps, 5 folding, by Covens and Mortier, de Witt, de Lisle, Visscher, Homann and others. (The folding map of the Far-East [numbered 70] torn with loss, most other maps with tears to folds or margins, some browning and spotting.) Contemporary Dutch sheep gilt, armilliary sphere device at centre of covers and on spine. Provenance: late-19th century armorial bookplate.
An interesting early 18th century Dutch composite atlas with a fine selection of finely hand-coloured maps. The volume includes Schenk's celestial map and Covens' and Mortier's attractive world map after Allad, as well as four maps of the Americas, and was probably supplied by Covens and Mortier, of Amsterdam; they are responsible for the world map and the continents, and are the publishers of 42 of the 80 maps, including all those by de Lisle, de Witt and Jaillot. The Dutch binding would support the suggestion that the atlas was an Amsterdam purchase.