Peers, Richard (1645-1690); Pitt, Moses (fl. 1654-1696) The English atlas volume IV. Containing the description of the Seventeen Provinces of the Low-Countries, or Netherlands. Oxford, 1682.

Large-Folio (525 x 310mm). Contemporary mottled sheep. 244, (42) pp. With engraved allegorical additional title, letterpress title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, engraved portrait of James II, dedication leaf, 41 engraved hand-coloured maps, all but one double-page.

Moses Pitt planned a 12 vols. atlas, but only 4 volumes were published. Vol.1 dedicated to the World and Northern Regions; Vol. 2 & 3 to Germany; Vol. 4 to the Netherlands. A very good, complete copy of the fourth volume of Pitt’s atlas dedicated exclusively to the Low Countries, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.

Laid down on the front paste-down is a contemporary receipt for the book from 22th June 1682: “This fourth volume of the English Atlas”, costing £24, with further charges for freight and binding, bringing the final total to £35 16s.“

Condition: binding a bit rubbed and with some abrasions, otherwise a very good copy with all maps in very good condition.

References: Tooley – „Dictionnary of Mapmakers“ p. 508/9; E.G.R. Taylor – „The English Atlas of Moses Pitt, 1680-83, “ Geographical Journal 95, 4 (April 1940), pp. 292-299; Lloyd Arnold Brown – „The World Encompassed“. (Baltimore, 1952), n. 172; Rodney W. Shirley – „The Mapping of the World“ (London, 1983), n. 504.

EUR 7.500,-