Pieter van der Aa; 1659-1733.
Van der Aa, started his own bookmaking shop in Leyden in
1672, publishing an enormous amount of materials. He did branch
out seriously in the atlas business in 1707, probably on account
of the strong interest for geography with the Dutch public
of that time. The golden age of the East India Company was
over, but international trade was still a major economic trump
for the Low Countries.
His cartographic knowledge and skills were rather limited,
but he borrowed extensively from the masters of the art. His
maps were quite decorative, and made the success of "Atlas
Nouveau et Curieux" in 1710, and above all of the 27
volume "La Gallerie Aagréable du Monde" in
La Floride, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, etc.
This relatively small (11 ½" X 8 3/4"),
derivation from the 1703 Guillaume Delisle work was first
published by N Gueudeville in the 1713 "Le Nouveau Théatre
Aa sheepishly copied all the attributes of its model (the
good such as a modern representation of the Mississippi basin,
and the bad such as the fictitious east-west mountain range
& the straight course of the Apalachicola, down to picturing
a lion in the cartouche, albeit this time smiling, instead
of sleeping). Credit must be given to Aa for ignoring the
de L'isle fantasy course of the St John River.
The map was reused in 1729 for the "La Gallerie Agréable
du Monde", (ome touch up may have been engraved at that
time: it shows New Orleans set up in 1718).
Of interest the indication on Mata Gorda Bay for St. Louis where Cavelier de La Salle ended his doomed attempt at colonizing Louisiana. Also note St Louis on Mobile Bay: first capital city of French Louisiana.
To make up for its small size, a surrounding frame (16"
X 13 1/8") was printed. This why one can distinguish
two plate marks on this map, one around the map proper, and
one around the decorative frame. An expedient artifice, of
rather seldom use by respectable publishers.
No text on verso.