New Book | Frederick de Wit and the First Concise Reference Atlas

Posted in books by Editor on April 10, 2016

From Brill:

George Carhart, Frederick de Wit and the First Concise Reference Atlas (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 600 pages, ISBN: 978-9004299030, 125€ / $162.

87347This book is about the life and work of Frederick de Wit (1629–1706), one of the most famous dealers of maps, prints and art during the Dutch Golden Age, and his contribution to the dissemination of the knowledge of cartography. The Amsterdam firm of Frederick de Wit operated under the name ‘De Witte Pascaert’ (‘The White Chart’) from 1654 to 1710. It offered all kinds of printing and was one of the most successful publishers of maps and prints in the second half of the seventeenth century. The description of De Wit’s life and work is followed by an in-depth analysis and dating of the atlases and maps issued under his name.

After a career in yacht, boat, and historic building restoration and a stint in the army, George Carhart began his second career in academia with a BA in history from the University of Southern Maine. The history of cartography has been a central point of his interests. After receiving his BA in 1998 he joined the staff at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, working there as the assistant curator. After leaving the Osher Map Library in 2006 to complete his doctoral work, he has continued to research, publish, and teach in the field of cartographic history. Since receiving his PhD from the University of Passau in 2011, he has worked on projects at several universities including Dresden University of Technology and Trinity College Dublin.



1  Frederick de Wit’s Biography and His Business
2  The First Modern World Atlas
3  Frederick de Wit’s New Concise Reference Atlas
4  Today’s Bibliographic Methods Collide with Printing and Publishing Methods of the Early Modern World, 1577–1800
5  Dating De Wit’s Maps and Atlases
6  De Wit’s Legacy
7  The Cartographic Origins of De Wit’s Maps
8  Conclusion

Overview of the atlases published by De Wit
Cartobibliography of maps in De Wit’s atlases
List of consulted libraries
Acknowledgement of the illustrations

A fully detailed table of contents is available here»

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