This is a hand colored 1719 Pieter van der Aa map of the Middle East and Iran. The map depicts from the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean Sea and Turkey to Central Asia. Highly detailed, Van der Aa declares that the map was created using information provided by the most recent and most diligent travelers. Divided into numerous different states, an idea of the regional divisions is conveyed. Parthia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Asia Minor, three different Arabian states, and Egypt are among those labeled. The Persian Gulf (Sinus Persicus) and the Red Sea (Mare Rubrum) are focal points, along with the Caspian Sea. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are both depicted, though neither are labeled. Several cities are labeled, including Kandahar, Mosul, and Ninevah. Special attention is accorded to the Holy Land, which is labeled Galilaea, and Jerusalem is depicted by a city in profile, unlike all the others labeled here. The terrain is depicted as being covered in hills or mountains, with very few trees, all of which are illustrated in profile. A decorative title cartouche is situated on the lower left, flanked by two magnificently dressed individuals.
This map was produced by Pieter van der Aa in 1719 and published in Leide.
Pieter van der Aa (1659 - 1733) was a Dutch publisher of maps and atlases active in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Van der Aa was born in Leyden in 1659. At nine he was apprenticed to a local bookseller and, by 21, had established his own publishing, printing, and auctioneering house. In 1692 Van der Aa was appointed to be one of the High Commissioners of the Booksellers Guild. During his long and impressive career Van der Aa produced thousands of maps, including a vast 28 volume atlas containing no less than 3,000 maps. Few of Van der Aa's maps were original productions, most being copied from the work of earlier cartographers. Nonetheless, when one of Van der Aa's rare original pieces does appear, his style, with unusual projections, elegant engraving, and precise detail, is instantly recognizable and highly desirable. He also pioneered the cartographic idea of separating border artwork from the map plate itself such that every map in a collection could have a similar elaborate border without actually having to re-engrave the complex plates. This technique was used to great effect by later 18th century publishers like Brion de la Tour. Following Van der Aa's death in 1733, his much admired Nouvel Atlas was reissued by the Dutch firm of Covens & Mortier. Today Van der Aa's work is admired for its fine delicate engraving and unusual projections and is considered highly desirable among collectors. Learn More...
Very good. Even overall toning. Blank on verso.
Alai E. 95 (Leiden)