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Insula Ceilon olim Taprobana. Carte de L'Isle de Ceylan
Amsterdam 1730 - Guillaulme de l’Isle è il figlio e pupillo del famoso astronomo e cartografo francese Jean Dominique Cassini, con il quale si dedicò ad importanti studi sul calcolo delle longitudini. Le carte del de l’Isle sono caratterizzate dall’estrema precisione e da un’accuratezza della toponimia, e sebbene molto precise conservano il fascino e l’eleganza della storia e furono la base della successiva cartografia anche in Olanda e in Italia. La tipografia Covens e Mortier acquisì molto del materiale cartografico del De L’Isle, forse anche perché Mortier era di origine francese. La carta dell’isola di Ceylon dimostra la grande qualità della cartografia del De L’Isle, basata su informazioni che arrivavano dai viaggi della Compagnia delle Indie. Incisione in rame, coloritura coeva, in ottime condizioni. Bibliografia: Koeman, C&M 7, 91. Dimensioni 585x480. Guillaume de l'Isle (1675-1726) was the son and pupil of the cartographer Jean Dominique Cassini, who, among other important contributions, aligned the study of astronomy to the study of geography. Under Cassini's direction, observations were made from locations all over the world that enabled longitudinal calculations to be made with much greater accuracy. De l'Isle carried on this exacting work with remarkable dedication and integrity, constantly revising and improving his maps. While precision was his primary goal, his maps are invariably elegant and attractive. Jean (Johannes) Covens and Corneille (Cornelius) Mortier were brothers-in-law, who carried on the book publishing business established by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam in 1685. Pierre Mortier's company owed much of its success to his access to French publishers, whose publications he re-issued in handsome editions. The elder Mortier died in 1711; his wife continued the firm until she died in 1719. In 1721, Covens and Mortier formed a partnership, Covens having married Agatha Mortier in the same year. They continued the business by publishing enlarged editions of Sanson, Jaillot, and De L'Isle, as well as some of the later Dutch cartographical masters such as De Wit and Allard, and of course Pierre Mortier. This map is from an edition of De L'Isle entitled, Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde, Ou sont exactement Remarquées les Empires, Monarchies, Royaumes, Etats, Republiques &c. Par Guillaume de l'Isle. Premier Géographe de sa Majesté. It delineates the island in great detail. At the time the map was made, the coastal areas were ruled by the Dutch East Indian Company, who were undoubtedly responsible for the soundings indicated around the island and for mapping the roads depicted. Copper engraving, contemporary colour, in perfect condition. Koeman, C&M 7, 91. Dimensioni 585x480. Dimensioni
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