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Huych Allard
Huych “Hugo” Allard (1625-1691) was an engraver and the founder of the Allard family publishing business in Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his son Carel (1648-c.1706) and by Carel’s sons, Hugo the younger and Abraham.

Although the "Golden Age" of Dutch cartography was dominated by the activities of the Blaeu family, the Hondius/Jansson partnership, De Wit and Visscher, numerous other mapmakers, engravers and publishers in Amsterdam were successful as well. Allard was one of these.  His output was relatively small consisting of loose maps and some atlases often using the work of his more famous countrymen.  His maps are well designed, finely engraved and rare.  Huych’s maps included the world, the East Indies, New York, New England and Leo Belgicus amongst others. 
 
Carel took over the business from his father in 1691 and he published a number of atlases by Jansson and De Wit amongst others, but he was also responsible for a number of original works.  These original works are often decorative in style and were based on up-to-date knowledge.  Works included Totius Neobelgii Nova Et Accuratissima Tabula (c.1674) and Orbis Sive Americae Septentrionalis ... (1690).  Carel also issued a number of composite atlases comprising his own and others’ maps as the Atlas Major or Atlas Minor, however, the maps are relatively scarce.

Jacques Nicholas Bellin
Jacques Bellin (1703 - 1772) served for over fifty years as the first `Ingenieur hydrographe de la Marine’ at the French Hydrographic Service. During his term of office, he was commissioned to carry out major surveys, first of the coast of France and later of all the known coasts of the world. These surveys resulted in the production of a large number of sea charts of the highest quality. They were issued in many editions with varying numbers of charts until the end of the century. He was appointed Hydrographer to the King and was a member of the Royal society in London.

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Willem Janzoon Blaeu and Joan Blaeu
Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) born at Alkmaar, trained in astronomy and the sciences by Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer, founded his business in Amsterdam in 1599. Originally a globe and instrument maker, he later expanded into publishing maps, topographical works and books of sea charts. He bought between 30 and 40 plates of the Mercator Atlas from Jodocus Hondius II which he utilized in part, in 1630, to complete his Atlantis Appendix, a 60-map volume. It was another five years before the first two volumes of his planned world atlas, Atlas Novus or the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum were issued. At about this same time he was appointed Hydrographer to the East India Company. A true rivalry developed between Willem and Jan Jansson.  Before 1620, Blaeu signed his works Guilielmus Janssonius or Willems Jans Zoon. From 1620 onward, he apparently preferred Guilielmus or G. Blaeu.

After his death the business passed into the hands of his sons, Joan (1596-1673) and Cornelis, who continued and expanded their father's ambitious plans. After the death of Cornelis, Joan directed the work alone and the whole series of 6 volumes of Atlas Novus was eventually completed about 1655. As soon as it was finished, Joan began the preparation of the even larger work, the Atlas Major, which was first published in 1662 in 11 volumes.  Later editions contained between 9 and12 volumes and with nearly 600 double-page maps and 3,000 pages of text. This was the most magnificent work of its kind ever produced.

Following a serious fire in his Gravenstadt house and Joan’s death 1673, the firm's surviving stocks of plates and maps were sold, some to Frederick de Wit, Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valck.

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Rigobert Bonne
Rigobert Bonne (1729 – 1795) served as Royal Hydrographer and as a result produced primarily marine charts. However, he also issued a number of other works including maps by fellow cartographers.  Additionally, he produced maps for an atlas by Guillaume Raynal and for a Historical Atlas and Encyclopedia published with Nicholas Desmaret.

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Jacques-Benigne Bossuet

Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a renowned French stylist.

He was appointed tutor to the nine-year-old Dauphin, oldest child of Louis XIV. Bossuet's tutorial functions involved composing all the necessary books of instruction, including manuals of philosophy, history, and religion fit for a future king of France.

Among the books written by Bossuet during this period are three classics. First came the Traité de la connaissance de Dieu et de soi-même (1677), then the Discours sur l'histoire universelle (1679, published 1682), and lastly the Politique tirée de l'Ecriture Sainte (1679, published 1709). His works contained a few maps fashioned on the work of Nicolas Sanson and were published well into the 18th century.

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Emmanuel Bowen and Thomas Bowen
Emmanuel Bowen (1714 – 1767) map and print seller, engraver to George II and to Louis XV of France, worked in London producing some the best and most attractive maps of the 18th century. Along with Thomas Kitchin, he published “The Large English Atlas”. Many of the maps were issued individually from 1749 onwards and the whole atlas was not finally completed until 1760. The atlas was also reissued later in reduced size. His work is noted for Bowen’s own style of historical and heraldic detail. Thomas (1767-1790) helped his father during his lifetime and produced many fine maps in his own right after his father’s death.

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Jacques Chiquet
Jacques Chiquet (1673-1721) a French cartographer only published two works.  His most famous was a small atlas, called Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas Geographique et Historique published in 1719.  This atlas was likely made for the entertainment of royalty.  Also in 1719, he published an atlas of France called Noveau Atlas Francais.  His works are quite rare as he died shortly after they were published.

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Philipp Cluver
Philipp Cluver (1580 – 1622) was born in Danzig and studied at Leyden and Oxford. An influential geographer, he published numerous pieces the most famous of which was Introductonius. The first edition of this popular geography book was published without maps. Many later editions with maps from several sets of plates followed his death and were published throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries. Most of the surviving maps attributed to him today are from Introductonius.

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Cornelis Danckerts – Justus Danckerts (son) – Theodorus Danckerts (son)
The Dankerts family was a prominent print and map selling family active in Amsterdam for nearly a century.  Cornelis Danckerts (1603-1656) “The Elder” and Justus Danckerts (1635-1701) were by far its most significant members.  Maps bearing the names Justus or Theodorus Danckerts were produced and placed in atlases between 1680 and 1700. These are very rare.  The title pages and maps of these atlases are undated making it difficult, if not impossible, to place a map in a particular edition. The Danckerts were also noted for production of splendid wall maps of the world and the continents.

Their stock of plates was acquired by R. and J. Ottens who used them for re-issues, having replaced the Danckerts names with their own.

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Nicholas De Fer
French cartographer, geographer, engraver and publisher Nicholas De Fer (1646-1720) took over the business begun by his father Antoine De Fer.  Nicholas was a prolific producer of over 600 sheet maps, wall maps and atlases.  His maps were prized for their decorative qualities rather than the accuracy of their geography.  None the less, his reputation grew culminating in his appointment as Geographer to the King.  Among his works are several atlases: France Triomphante in 1693, Forces de L’Europe 1696, Atlas Curieux 1705 and Atlas Royal.

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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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Johann Babtist Homann
Following the long period of Dutch domination, the Homann family became the most important map publishers in Germany in the eighteenth century.  The business was established by Johann Babtist Homann (1663-1724) in Nuremberg circa. 1702.  Soon after publishing his first atlas in 1707 he became a member of the Berlin academy of Sciences and in 1715 he was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. After the founder's death in 1724, the firm continued under the direction of his son until 1730.  It was then bequeathed to his heirs on the condition that it continued to trade under the name Homann Heirs. The firm remained in being until the 19th century and had a wide influence on map publishing in Germany.

The Homman's produced a Neuer Atlas in 1714, a Grosser Atlas in 1737, and an Atlas Maior with about 300 maps in 1780. They also issued a special Atlas of Germany with full sized plans of principal cities, school atlases and an Atlas of Silesia in 1750 with 20 maps.  Apart from the atlases, the firm also published a very large number of individual maps.

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Jodocus Hondius and Henricus Hondius (son)
Jodocus Hondius 1563-1612, a native of Flanders, grew up in Ghent, apprenticed as an instrument and globe maker and map engraver. In 1584, to escape the religious troubles sweeping the Low Countries at that time, he fled to London where he spent some years before finally settling in Amsterdam about 1593. While in London period he came into contact with many of the leading scientists and geographers of the day.  He engraved many maps and atlases working with Pieter van den Keere, his brother-in-law. His exile in London brought him to international attention, including his selection by John Speed to engrave the plates for the maps in The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine in the years between 1605 and 1610.

In 1604 Hondius bought the plates of Mercator's Atlas which, in spite of its excellence, had not faired successfully against Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Hondius added about 40 maps to Mercator's original number and from 1606 published enlarged editions in many languages, still under Mercator's name but with his own name as publisher. These atlases have become known as the Mercator/Hondius series. The following year the maps were reengraved in miniature form and issued as a pocket Atlas Minor.

After the death of Jodocus Hondius the Elder in 1612, work on the two atlases, folio and miniature was carried on by his widow, Coletta van den Keere and sons, Jodocus II and Henricus (1587-1638) , and eventually in conjunction with Jan Jansson, Henricus’ brother-in-law in Amsterdam.

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Jan Jansson
The son of a bookseller and publisher who had worked with Jodocus Hondius Sr., Jan Jansson Jr. (1588 -1664), married Jodocus’ daughter Elisabeth in 1612. In direct competition with the Blaeu’s, he and his brother-in-law Henry re-issued the Mercator-Hondius Atlas beginning in 1633.  They redrew or replaced many of the maps in the original atlas.  After the death of Henry, Jansson continued the business and expanded the Atlas into the Atlas Novus.  This work was highly regarded but overshadowed by the Blaeu family works.

Jansson also issued a revised reprint of Braun and Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, retaining many of the existing plates, but also adding a number of new ones.  Other atlases that he published include Andreas Cellarius’ celestial atlas and George Hornius’ classical atlas.

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Robert (Jean) Janvier
Working in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century, Jean Janvier (1746 – 1776) produced a series of maps in the later half of the century.  While there is some confusion about his Christian name, his maps usually were inscribed “Le Sieur Janvier”.  He is best known for his collaboration with engraver Jean Lattre for an Atlas Moderne first released in 1762 and in several later editions some by C. F. Delamarche and by Chez Remondini.  He also produced several maps used in general atlases by William Fadan and P. Santini.

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George Louis Le Rouge
George Louis Le Rouge (1740 – 1780) gradually took up cartography during and after a career as a military engineer.  He produced many attractive plans of fortifications, military campaigns, town plans and several atlases and sea charts.

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Victor Levasseur
Victor Levasseur (1838-1854) was a French cartographer widely known for his distinctive decorative style.  Produced numerous maps more admired for the artistic content of the scenes and data surrounding the map than for the detail of the map.

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Claude De L’Isle and Guillaume De L’Isle (son)
Claude De L’Isle (1644-1720) was a geographer and historian, working in Paris, but overshadowed by his more famous son, Guillaume.

Guillaume De L’Isle, (1675-1726) Premier Geographe to the French king, was probably the leading map-maker of the period.  His work was important, marking a transition from the maps of the Dutch school, which were highly decorative and artistically-oriented, to a more scientific approach, emphasizing the scientific base on which the maps were constructed and out of which the modern school of cartography emerged.

He was prominent in the recalculation of latitude and longitude, based on the most up-to-date celestial observations, and his major contribution was in collating and incorporating this information in his maps, setting a new standard of accuracy, quickly followed by many of his contemporaries, including the Dutch.

His first atlas was published in about 1700, in 1702 he was elected a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences, and in 1718 became Premier Geographe du Roi.  His maps of the newly explored parts of the world reflect the most up-to-date information available and did not contain fanciful detail in the absence of solid information.

After his death in 1726 his business was continued by his nephew Philippe Buache, and subsequently by J. Dezauche.

Joseph Nicholas De L’Isle (1688-1768), Guillaume’s brother, became a friend of Peter the Great and supplied him with information on the Russian Empire.  He stayed in Russia for twenty-two years and was in charge of the Royal Observatory in St. Petersburg, returning to France in 1747, taking with him much of the material he had access to, particularly relating to explorations along the northern Pacific coasts of Russia and America, which he subsequently published.  The Atlas Russicus was published in 1747 and contained twenty maps.

Simon Claude De L’Isle (1675-1726) was a historian.  It is interesting to note that he was born and died in the same years as his elder brother Guillaume.

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Gerard Mercator
For over fifty years, Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) was the most highly regarded cartographer in the world.  His name is synonymous with the form of map projection still in use today.  Although he did not invent this type of projection, he was the first to apply it to navigational charts so the compass bearings could be plotted on charts in straight lines, solving an age-old problem of navigation at sea.

Mercator was born Gerard Kremer in 1512 in Rupelmonde, on the banks of the Schelde river in Flanders and studied in Louvain (both in modern Belgium).  Kremer being German for ‘merchant’, caused Gerard to choose the Latin name Mercator to become the merchant peddler, the global citizen, self made, multi-cultural opportunist operating across the boundaries of both Church and State. 

In Louvain, he was taught by Gemma Frisius, Dutch writer, astronomer and mathematician, who had a strong influence on his early development.  He established himself in Louvain as a cartographer and instrument and globe maker.  At the age of twenty-five, he drew and engraved his first map (of the Holy Land) and went on to produce a map of Flanders (1540) supervising the surveying and completing the drafting and engraving himself.  The excellence of his work brought him the patronage of Charles V for whom he constructed a globe.  He became caught up in the persecution of Lutheran Protestants and charged with heresy, resulting in imprisonment.  Fear of further persecution may have influenced his move in 1552 to Duisburg, Germany where he continued the production of maps, globes and instruments.

In later life he devoted himself to his own edition of the maps in Ptolemy's Geographia, and to the preparation of his three volume collection of maps, which was called an ‘Atlas’.  The first two parts of the Atlas were published in 1585 and 1589 and the third, with the first two making a complete edition, in 1595 the year after Mercator's death.

Mercator's son Rumold was responsible for the complete edition in 1595. A second complete edition was produced in 1602.  Mercator’s map plates were bought in 1604 by Jodocus Hondius who, with his sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, published enlarged editions, which dominated the map market for a quarter of a century thereafter.

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Matthaus Merian
Matthaus Merian (1693-1650) “the Elder” was a notable Swiss engraver born in Basel.  He worked and studied in Germany and France before moving to Frankfurt where he inherited his father-in-law’s publishing house in 1623.  There he produced numerous very detailed and stylized town plans of German and Swiss towns.  Together with his son Matthaus Merian (1621-1687) “the Younger”, he produced a 21 volume Topographia Germaniae containing a large number of town plans and views, maps of most known countries and a World Map.  He also completed the later parts and editions of Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages begun by is father-in-law Johann Theodor de Bry in 1590.

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Herman Moll
Dutch cartographer Herman Moll (1678-1732) moved to London in about 1678 and worked as an engraver for other publishers, such as Moses Pitt, Greenville Collins. John Adair, and Seller & Price.  Soon after his arrival he set up his own business publishing atlases and separate maps.  He developed a wide range of work covering all parts of the world and in miniature as well as large wall maps.  All were decorative. 

His first maps were prepared for the atlas volume accompanying Sir Jonas Moore’s New System Of The Mathematicks ..., in which Moll began to develop his characteristic engraving style, with large cartouches and often large vignettes.  This style carried on into his large folio atlas, The World Described.  This atlas contained one of the largest world maps of the early eighteenth century to appear in atlas form.  Published in 1724, the map is truly outdated, showing California as an Island long after subsequent explorations around the turn of the century proved it to be a peninsula.  In spite of the evidence to the contrary, Moll is now famous for perpetuating the myth.

His map New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great Britain on ye Continent of North America, depicting the English colonies along the east coast is his best known.  The map is popularly called the “Beaver Map”, after the attractive vignette scene showing beavers building dams.

Moll’s other works include the Atlas Manuale (1709), New and Complete Atlas (1719), the Atlas Minor (1729) and Atlas Geographus (1711-17) in five volumes.

Moll also published a fine series of county maps, in the New Description of England, published in 1724.  The maps are famous for their side panels with drawings of architectural remains from the counties.  His work was much copied by other publishers and he enjoyed a high reputation.

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Robert Morden
Robert Morden (1668 – 1703) was a publisher, bookseller, mapseller, cartographer, globe and instrument maker. He worked in London at the Atlas in New Cheapside and at the Atlas in Cornhill from 1675 to 1703. His output in cartographical works was quite large and varied.

His work was often much criticized but he produced interesting sets of geographical playing cards, maps of various parts of the world and the county maps for Camden's Britannia, for which he is best remembered. These were issued in 1695 as part of a new translation of the Britannia by Dr Edmund Gibson and subsequently were re-issued a number of times up to 1772.

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Sebastian Munster
Three names dominated cartography in the 16th century: Mercator, Ortelius & Munster.  Of these three, Sebastian Munster (1489 – 1552) probably did the most to spread geographical knowledge throughout Europe in the middle years of the century. His Cosmographica, issued in 1544, included an encyclopedic amount of detail about the known - and unknown – world.  It was likely one of the most widely read books of its time, going through nearly forty editions in six languages.

An eminent German mathematician and linguist, Munster became professor of Hebrew at Heidelberg and later at Basle, where he settled in 1529. In 1528, following his first mapping of Germany, he appealed to German scholars to send him descriptions, so that all Germany with its villages, towns, trades etc. might be revealed in a `mirror`.  The response was far greater than expected.  Foreigners as well as Germans sent so much information that eventually he was able to include many up-to-date, if not very accurate, maps in his atlases.

He was first to provide a separate map of each of the four known continents and the first to separate print a map of England. His maps, printed from woodblocks, are greatly valued by collectors.

His two major works, the Geographia and Cosmographia were published in Basle by his sep-son, Henri Petri, who continued to issue many editions after Munster’s death of the plague in 1552. Munster's dominance of the cartographic market was relatively short lived once Abraham Ortelius produced his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1570.

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Abraham Ortelius
Abraham Ortel (1527-1598), better known as Ortelius, was born in Antwerp and studied Greek, Latin and mathematics in his early years.  Following the death of their father, he set up business with his sisters, as a book dealer and ‘painter of maps’.  He also bought and sold general antiques and, from 1558 began purchasing multiple copies of maps, building up a large personal collection

In 1564, with the publication of a World Map in eight sheets (only one copy is known to still exist) followed by other individual maps, he started down a path that was to bring fame and fortune.  He began gathering a collection of maps from contacts among European cartographers and had them engraved in uniform size and issued in 1570 as the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Atlas of the Whole World).  Although others had published collections of 'modern' maps in book form before him, his Theatrum was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps.  As a result it is acknowledged as the first atlas.  Interestingly, the term ‘atlas’ itself was not used until twenty years later by Mercator.

The Theatrum, with most of its maps elegantly engraved by Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590), was a huge success.  It was reissued in 42 editions in Latin, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English.  Addenda were issued from time to time incorporating the latest contemporary knowledge and discoveries.  After his death, his heirs transferred publication rights to Jan Baptiste Vrients who produced the later editions until he died in 1612.  Unlike many of his contemporaries, Ortelius acknowledged his sources of information and in the first edition credit was given to eighty-seven different cartographers.

Apart from the modern maps in his major atlas, Ortelius himself compiled a series of historical maps known as the Parergon Theatri which appeared beginning in1579, sometimes as a separate publication and sometimes incorporated into updated editions of the Theatrum.

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Claudius Ptolemy
Ptolemy (87-150 AD) was an Egyptian mathematician, astronomer, and geographer who lived and studied in Alexandria, the Mediterranean cultural center and an important trade center.  Here he was able to study ancient authorities and also consult contemporary travellers and merchants.  From this wealth of accumulated knowledge, Ptolemy composed his Geographia, in which he explained his method, providing instructions for mapmakers for drawing parts of the earth on a flat surface as well as a means of calculating latitude and longitude.  Geographia was destined to dominate the the Christian and Moslem world for 1,500 years.

Ptolemy introduced the concept of latitude and longitude, forming a grid covering the world, making it possible to plot the position of principal land-marks by observations. Unfortunately Ptolemy was hampered by the paucity of observations, which resulted in some exaggerations and significant errors, and by lack of information, which was often circumvented by invention. His most famous errors were the depiction of a landlocked Indian Ocean and an under estimation of the circumference of the globe.  The later of which certainly contributed to the belief of Christobal Colombo that he could easily reach the Far East by sailing West.  Despite these flaws, his work was of fundamental importance.

In 1477, the first printed edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia with maps was issued in Bologna. Testimony to the influence of Ptolemy is given by the number of editions of Ptolemaic atlases that were subsequently published as late as 1840.

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Jakob von Sandrart
Born in Frankfurt-on-Main, Jakob von Sandrart (1630-1708) learned his trade as both a painter and engraver in the Netherlands from his uncle Joachim von Sandrart (1606-1688) and later from Willem Hondius in Danzig.  He established his own business as an art dealer in Nuremberg in 1656.  He producing over 400 portraits and several maps utilizing foreign sources as was customary for Low Country artists in the 17th century.  He also employed Johann Babtist Homann as a young engraver.

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Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766) and Didier Robert De Vaugondy (1723-1786) were father and son, respectively.  Nephew to Pierre Moulard Sanson, Gilles was successful in utilizing the records and materials of the Sanson family.  As they often did not use the initials of their first names on their maps, it can be difficult to determine who made a given map. On some maps fils or filio follows the name, in other instances, the author can be determined by the distinctive way each signed his maps: Gilles normally used "M.Robert," without a last name, and Didier, "Robert de Vaugondy."

The Atlas Universal, jointly published in Paris in 1757, took 15 years to produce in two versions, 601 copies on large paper and 517 on small paper.  It was one of the most important 18th century atlases.  The Vaugondy's employed strict standards for including maps in the atlas and in many cases subjected them to astronomically derived readings for latitude and longitude. Moreover, they used eighteenth century sources to provide their atlas with up-to-date information. Like Ortelius and Mercator before them, the Vaugondy`s listed the sources of their maps.

The cartouches of the maps of the Atlas Universel were highly praised at the time and since.  A number of artisans worked on their design and engraving; several were engraved and signed by the Haussard sisters. Among the most pictorial cartouches are found on maps showing the postal routes of Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. They depict postal carriers en route in richly detailed settings.

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Nicolas Sanson
Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) often called the Father of French cartography, was born in Abbeville where as a young man at the age of 18 he was said to have compiled his first map. For this purpose he prepared a number of beautifully drawn maps, one of which came to the attention of Louis XIII. In due course the King appointed him “ Geographe Ordinaire du Roi”.

In preparation of his major atlas, “Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde”, Sanson employed a number of engravers, one of whom, M. Tavernier engraved important maps showing the post roads, rivers and waterway system of France (1632-34) and a map of the British Isles (1640). In all Sanson produced about 300 maps of which two of North America were particularly influential: “Amerique Septentrionale” (1650) and Le Canada ou Nouvelle France (1656). While his maps did not compare asthetically to those of his Dutch counterparts, they were valued for their geographic superiority.  After Sanson’s death the business was carried on by his two surviving sons, Guillaume who died in 1703 and Adrian who died in 1708.  His first son Nicolas predeceased him.

It is generally accepted that the great age of French cartography originated with the work of Nicolas Sanson but credit must go also to his grandson Pierre Moulard Sanson, A. Hubert Jaillot (1632 – 1712) and Pierre Duval for re-engraving his maps, many still unprinted after his death, and re-publishing them in face of strong competition from the Dutch, who continued to dominate the market until the end of the 17th century.  Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688-1766) and his son Didier inherited Sanson’s materials and carried on his emphasis on accuracy over decoration.

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John Tallis
John Tallis (1838-51) founder of Tallis and Co., London map publishers who traded under various names: L. Tallis, Tallis & co, John Tallis, John Tallis & co. (London & New York) between 1838 and 1851. After 1850-51, their maps were published by the London Printing and Publishing Co., London and New York. The Illustrated Atlas of the World, published in 1849 with the maps and decorative vignette’s engraved and drawn by J. Rapkin, was one of the last atlases to be truly decorated and is therefore highly prized.

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Isaac Tirion
A successful eighteen century (1705-65) Amsterdam publisher who produced extensive volumes of Dutch town plans as well as a number of atlases with maps usually based on those of Guillaume De L’Isle.

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Pieter Van Der Aa
Born in Leyden, Pieter (1659-1733) was apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of nine and started his own in business as a book publisher by the time he was twenty-three. As a publisher his output was varied and prolific with his main interest in the production of maps and atlases.

His publications include an Atlas Nouveau completed in about 1710, and the Galerie Agreable du Monde, consisting of 66 parts in 27 volumes, completed in 1729. The latter contains over 3,000 maps. Parts 61—63 deal solely with Africa.

Van Der Aa was a very successful merchant, however as a geographer, he was poorly regarded. His maps are collected predominately because of their decorative qualities, reflecting his eye for that which was salable. Many of his maps were engraved by well-known Dutch engravers such as Luiken, Goeree and Stoopendael, and are fine examples of early eighteenth-century map productions.

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Claes Janszoon Visscher - Nicolaes Visscher I (son) - Nicolaes Visscher II (grandson)
The Visscher family was an important art dealer and map publisher in Amsterdam for almost a century. Claes J. Visscher (1587-1652) was likely a student of Jodocus Hondius.

Claes founded the business and beginning in 1620 he designed a number of individual maps. He purchased copper plates from Pieter van den Keere, brother in law of Hondius and notable map maker in his own right. The maps of Visscher’s first atlas were based upon them.  His maps and those based upon van den Keere’s plates contained historical battle scenes which are attributed to Visscher and admired for their artistic beauty.  Not unusual was the appearance of the Latinized family name “Piscator” on some of his maps.

After Visscher's death his son and grandson, Nicolaes Visscher I (1618-1679) and Nicolaes Visscher II (1649-1702), published a number of atlases, updated with newly discovered information. The grandson’s widow carried on the business until it finally passed into the hands of Pieter Schenk.

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Antonio Zatta
Antonio Zatta (1757-1797) was a prolific Venetian printer and map publisher. He produced a large number of atlases and maps of high scientific and artistic quality.  His best know work was the Atlante Novissimo atlas published in 1779.

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Antique Maps and Atlases by the Chicago antique map dealer Mapcarte offering views of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the British Isles, Europe, and the World.