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1690 Coronelli Map of Holland or the Netherlands (2 sheets)

Contado d'Ollanda Parte Settentrionale. - Contado d'Ollanda Parte Meridionale. - Main View

1690 Coronelli Map of Holland or the Netherlands (2 sheets)


Stunning two part map of Holland.


Contado d'Ollanda Parte Settentrionale. - Contado d'Ollanda Parte Meridionale.
  1692 (undated)     35 x 23 in (88.9 x 58.42 cm)


A spectacular example of Coronelli's two part map of Holland or the Netherlands. The upper sheet covers from Friesland to Amsterdam including all of the Zuyder Zee. The southern map covers from the Haarlem Meer south to Breeda and east to Batenborg. Identifies countless cities and towns throughout with larger centers appearing in block form. This map also prominently displays Holland's elaborate canal and irrigation network. Cartographically Coronelli probably drew the material for this map from earlier work by the prominent Dutch cartographers Claes Jansz Visscher or Fredrick de Wit. Each sheet has its own decorative title cartouche, though that of the upper sheet is notably more elaborate being dramatically engraved in the Italian baroque style. The upper sheet additionally boasts a second cartouche in the upper left quadrant that has been left blank - this was most likely intended for a legend that was never completed. Though this map was issued in both Coronelli's 1697 issue of the Atlante Veneto and the 1692 Corso Geográfico, we are able to firmly associate this example with the later due to its blank verso.


Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (August 16, 1650 - December 9, 1718) was an important 17th century cartographer and globe maker based in Venice. Coronelli was born the fifth child of a Venetian tailor. Unlikely to inherit his father's business, he instead apprenticed in Ravenna to a woodcut artist. Around 1663, Coronelli joined the Franciscan Order and in 1671, entered the Venetian convent of Saint Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Coronelli excelled in the fields of cosmography, mathematics, and geography. Although his works include the phenomenal Atlante Veneto and Corso Geografico, Coronelli is best known for his globes. In 1678 Coronelli was commissioned to make his first major globes by Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Each superbly engraved globe was five feet in diameter. Louis IV of France, having heard of the magnificent Parma globes, invited Coronelli to Paris where he constructed an even more impressive pair of gigantic globes measuring over 12 feet in diameter and weighing 2 tons each. Coronelli returned to Venice and continued to published globes, maps, and atlases which were admired all over Europe for their beauty, accuracy, and detail. He had a particular fascination for the Great Lakes region and his early maps of this area were unsurpassed in accuracy for nearly 100 years after their initial publication. He is also well known for his groundbreaking publication of the first accurate map depicting the sources of the Blue Nile. At the height of his career, Coronelli founded the world's first geographical society, the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti and was awarded the official title Cosmographer of the Republic of Venice. In 1699, in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishment and scholarship, Coronelli was also appointed Father General of the Franciscan Order. The great cartographer and globe maker died in Venice at the age of 68. His extraordinary globes can be seen today at the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand in Paris, Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, in the National Library of Austria and in the Globe Museum in Vienna, in the library of Stift Melk, in the Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University, as well as lesser works in Trier, Prague, London, and Washington D.C. Coronelli's work is notable for its distinctive style, which is characterized by high quality white paper, dark intense impressions, detailed renderings of topographical features in profile, and numerous cartographic innovations. Learn More...


Coronelli, V. M., Corso Geográfico, 1692.     The Atlante Veneto was a Venetian cosmographic atlas issued by the Jesuit Minorite friar, geographer, and globe maker Vincenzo Maria Coronelli. The Atlante Veneto was a massive work consisting of some 13 volumes in four parts. The first section focused on a general introduction to geography and included notes a various geographic systems and globes. The second part consisted of world maps from various periods and in various styles, including double page maps of the continents and poles derived from his earlier globe work. The third part focused on hydrography and included nautically styled maps of important rivers, bays, oceans, lakes, and gulfs. The fourth and final section detailed exploration and describing noting various explorers and their discoveries. The whole consisted of some 191 engraved charts and maps as well as an assortment of views and decorative plates. The atlas was conceived as a continuation of Blaeu's Atlas Major and in many respects follows Blaeu cartographically. Many of the other maps are derived from Coronelli's own earlier globe work and exhibit various distinctly globe-like elements. Coronelli first issued the Atlante Veneto in 1691. A second edition was prepared and issued between 1695 and 1697. Most of the individual map plates remain identical between editions. The maps of the Atlante Veneto are universally admired for their exquisite engraving and high production quality, including fine paper and premium inks. All examples were issued uncolored and have typically been left as such by dealers and collectors.


Very good condition. Original centerfold. Pressmark visible. Blank on verso.


Blonk, D. and Blonk-van der Wijst, J., Een kartobibliografie van Holland, Hollandia Comitatus, 73.