PEETERS, Jacob. Description des principales villes, havres et isles du golfe de Venise du coté oriental. Comme aussi des villes et forteresses de la Moree, et quelques places de la Grèce..., Antwerp, Sur le marché des vieux Souliers, [1690?].
Flemish engraver and book-seller, Jacob Peeters (1637-1695) was descended from a family of artists. He kept a shop in Antwerp, where he “sold every kind of prints and engravings, small and larger geographical maps, drawn in ink, coloured, as well as of a larger size...” Peeters is known mainly for his “World Atlas”, published in 1692.
The album forms part of a series of dithyrambic publications, which exalted the brilliant victories of the Venetians on the Ottomans. Similar books were published by the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti, which had been founded by Vincenzo Coronelli.
The plates of the edition were based on drawings by Jacob Peeters' brother, Johannes or Jan Peeters (1625-1677), who made several views of cities, later etched by Merian. Johannes was a pupil of their older brother, Bonaventura Peeters, also a very well-known painter who specialized in seascapes.
Most of the plates were etched by Gaspar Bouttats (1640-1695), a well-known books merchant and engraving master. The description of each city and subject is given at the beginning of the edition, while each copy of the work includes a different number of plates. There are plates showing locations, cities and ports at Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, the Ionian and Aegean seas, Central Greece (the Peloponnese, Attica and Thessaly), Asia Minor, Syria, Cyprus, the Holy Land, Turkey, Yemen, Irak, Armenia, the Caspian Sea and other places all the way to Iran and India.
Written by Ioli Vingopoulou