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Composite Atlas ( Atlas Minor)

Composite Atlas ( Atlas Minor)

Ottens Reiner and Joshua Fine composite atlas compiled by the Ottens brothers.Folio 56 x 37 cms. the volumes includes 62 maps after Jaillot, de Wit, Visscher, Leonard Valk, Petrus Schenk, Danckerts,Seutter.All the maps in original handcolour and printed on thick paper in very fine condition. The frontispiece is from Visscher Atlas Minor in original colour hightened with gold. The maps cover European countries, Asia and America. Included are the three maps of the upper part of the map : Grand Theatre de la Guerre en Amerique, illustrating the war of Jenkin´s ear (1739-42). The western part of the map covers the coast of Texas and northern Mexico( Nuevo leon) and Yucatan. This map provides information about some travels( Mr St Denis and Sieur de la Salle establishing Fort Francas). the other map represents Florida, Cuba and west Antilles with insets of Havana,St Domingue and St Agustin in Florida.Portobello, Cartagena de Indias and Curacao are represented in the third sheet of this scarce map. There are fine maps of Italy by Ottens, Rumania and Bulgaria, Turkey,Germany, France, Holland, England.Scandinavia,Tartaria,South America, Canada,Egypt,Hungary etc. Fine binding in original Dutch mottled calf gilt,roll-tool borders gilt on sides.Tool of spheres at corners.large tool of Atlas carrying the world in the centre,spines gilt in compartments with spheres,red label with title "Atlas de Ottens". The brothers Reiner and Joshua Ottens assembled collections of maps in atlas form from 1720 onwards until about 1750.Although no two atlases assumed to have assembled by the Ottens brothers are the same. Ottens took maps from the stocks of the leading publishers of the day in Amsterdam and Paris.The Ottens brothers were governors of the book trade guild at Amsterdam. A fine and well preserved copy of this map collection coming from a larger composite atlas.