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Theatre de la Guerre en Espange et en Portugal. . . Presenté à Philippe V Roy d'Espagne, et de Indes. . . [four sheets]
Selling price: $4600
Sold in 2009
The map is exceptionally detailed, but the most remarkable feature of the engraving is the enormous, superbly detailed and designed title-piece. A dedication to Philip V of Spain, and in commemoration of the Spanish Warof Succession in which the French had been thwarted in their attempt to occupy Spain, the title piece shows a detailed scene of the Spanish army, under the command of King Charles, embarking to a massive fleet lying at anchor. The impressive figure of the King, mounted on a white horse, is gazed at, in admiration, by soldiers and noblemen: a trumpeting angel and cherubs in clouds above the King's head rejoice at this magnificent scene.
The map was first published by Pierre Mortier, this being a state published by his sons Jean and Corneille.
The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier (1721 – c. 1862) was the successor to the extensive publishing empire build by Frenchman Pierre Mortier (1661 – 1711). Upon Mortier’s death in 1711 his firm was taken over by his son, Cornelius Mortier (1699 – 1783).
Cornelius married the sister of Johannes Covens (1697 – 1774) in 1821 and, partnering with his brother in law, established the Covens and Mortier firm. Under the Covens and Mortier imprint, Cornelius and Pierre republished the works of the great 17th and early 18th century cartographers De L’Isle, Allard, Jansson, De Wit, and Ottens among others.
The quickly became one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing concerns of the 18th century. The firm and its successors published thousands of maps over a 120 year period from 1721 to the mid 1800s. During their long lifespan the Covens and Mortier firm published as Covens and Mortier (1721-1778), J. Covens and Son (1778 – 94) and Mortier, Covens and Son (1794 – c. 1862).
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