Frederick de Wit
Frederick de Wit (1629/1630 – 1706) was a Dutch cartographer. He made many important maps, not least of the whole world, who many would use as his models. When he died, his wife Maria took over the business. In 1710, most of the plates of de Wit were sold to Pieter Mortier (1661–1711), a geographer, copper engraver, printer and publisher from Amsterdam. After Mortier’s death, his the plates went into the ownership of his son, Cornelis, Johannes Covens I who together founded Covens & Mortier. Covens & Mortier grew to become one of the largest cartography publishing houses of the 18th century. The 27 chart plates from de Wits 1675 Sea atlas were not sold to Mortier, but to the Amsterdam print seller Luis Renard, who published them under his own name in 1715, and then sold them to Rennier (Regner) and Joshua (Iosue) Ottens who continued to publish them until the mid-1700s. Most of the de Wit maps on sale are from the later publications.