Frederick de Wit

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de Wit was a prominent cartographer of the Dutch Golden Age. He was initially apprenticed to Willem Jansz. Blaeu, but by 1654 he had his own business, issuing his own map of the world, ‘Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula’ (1660). Two years later, he began to publish atlases. De Wit created a maritime atlas, ‘Tabula Maritimae’, and in 1695, a book of city views of the Netherlands. In an ironic twist of fate, the plates were later bought by the Blaeu family and reused for their town books. After de Wit died, his wife continued the business until 1710.

Frederick de Wit's Double Hemisphere World Map, Nova Orbis Tabula, with stunning illustrations around the outside of the maps.