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Scarce Plate of Zakynthos/Zante from " La Galerie Agreable du Monde".

Aa, Pieter van der. "I. Stemmers Fecit" Island of Zante/ Zakynthos. " Isle de Zante; L'Ile de Zante sur lesCôtes Occidentales de la Morée." " L'Ile de Zante, Avec sa villes Ports et Bayes." " LugduniBatavorum" /Leiden "Par Pierre van der Aa, Marchand Libraire, Imprimeurde l'Univerite et de la Ville." 1729
Copper engraved Maps of Zante/ Zakynthos of from Pieter van der Aa's " La Galerie Agreable du Monde." Black & white; verso blank.
This scarce plate from van der Aa's monumental work shows 2 maps on 1 plate within an engraved frame. The island of Zante after Coronelli; & after Dapper. Dark impression; old ink number to lower right corner just inside plate mark; horizontal fold in upper and lower blank margins to fit binding.

Pieter van der Aa 1659-1733

Pieter van der Aa was a publisher, editor and bookseller of Leiden. He started as a bookseller at the age of twenty-three. In 1682 he is mentioned as the owner of a bookshop and auction house and by 1692 was one of the High commissioners of the Booksellers' Guild.

As a publisher his output was varied and prodigious though his main interest was the production of maps and atlases, which he printed in all sizes.
He published two extensive works in multiple volumes; the "Naaukeurige versameling der Gedenkwaardigste see-enland-reysen"[ "Collection of memorable sea and land voyages"] published 1706-1708 in 28 volumes and" La Galerie Agreable du Monde" 66 parts in 27 volumes, completed in 1729 and containing over 3 000 maps of which it is said only 100 sets were published (Tooley, p. 1) ;as well as various atlases such as the "Atlas Nouveau"completed circa 1710 and other illustrated books,
Acquiring the map plates of earlier cartographers and map mappers, van der Aa was famous for re-issuing several important maps in the eighteenth century. Many of these maps were engraved by well-known Dutch engravers such as Luiken, Goeree and Stoopendael, and are typical examples of early eighteenth-century map production.
Koeman1: Aa9, Vol.47; pl.35 ; Zacharakis:40. 240 by 405mm (9½ by 16 inches).   ref: 2761  €700

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