Frederick De Wit

Following the decline of the Amsterdam houses of Blaeu and Jansson,  De Wit (1630-1706) became one of the most successful map engravers and publishers in the late seventeenth century.  Having acquired at auction many copper plates of Blaeu and Jansson, he had a solid foundation.   He left little uncharted territory as far as map making is concerned.  His work included, world atlases, an atlas of the Netherlands, city and town plans of the Netherlands and Europe, sea charts and wall maps.  Admired for the beauty of his engraving and coloring, his maps were very popular during his lifetime and after his death in 1706.   Editions of his work were issued after his death by Pieter Mortier and Covens and Mortier well into the eighteenth century.

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