Author [Flag Chart] Table des pavillons qui l'on arbore dans toute les Parties du Monde connu. Cousernant la marinne. A new table of all the ships collors or ensigns in the wholl water world. Nieuwe tafel van al de zee vaarende vlagge des weerelts.
Published ca. 1726
Item ID 71968
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Amsterdam, Ioannes Covens & Cornelis Mortier, [between 1721-1732]. Broadsheet (ca. 57 x 65 cm) with a printed surface of 50.4 x 60.2 cm. Contemporary hand-coloured in yellow, blue, red and green. Framed. Frame size 59 x 67 cm. A very rare, accurately coloured display of 139 different flags used by seafaring nations, towns, and their leaders. Each captioned. Several flags accompanied with one or more smaller flags that are either varieties, or raised in combination with the main flag. For instance, the Spanish Royal flag and the flag of Barcelona, or the Dutch East India Company flag and that of the town of Middelburg. In total there are 61 such smaller flags, which are equally detailed and well-coloured, for a total of 200 different flags. The publishers, Covens and Mortier, established their firm under their names in 1721. A dating of "ca. 1700" here and there on the internet, therefore cannot be correct. In 1732 the firm moved from their printed address Vijgendam and therefore this chart must be older. Identification of the flags and nations may pinpoint the right year of publication. Several similar (titled) charts are known (see Voorbeijtel Cannenburg), but few if any other have this many flags, including the additional small flags. This includes one sold by their contemporary Amsterdam colleague, Cornelis Danckerts (the second). This overview must have been quite useful on board ships and therefore not many copies have survived until today. This one is well-preserved, with minimal age-toning and only a few, marginal creases. Voorbeijtel Cannenburg, Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum. Catalogus der Bibliotheek 1, pp. 624-632 (not listing this rare chart).