Place Published: Amsterdam
Description: Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14" x 18.25".
Comments: Beautifully detailed town plan of Steenwijk in northeastern Holland, circa 1649, shown in an unusual panoramic birds-eye view. Features the fortress and the town within it, and the surrounding pastoral landscape. Includes two coats of arms. Latin text on verso. Published around the time of the Spanish acknowledgment of the Dutch Republic in "Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Liberae Ac Foederataee" ("Town books of the Netherlands"). Many of the town plans included in this publication emphasized their strategic importance in response to the Spanish occupation. One of the most famous mapmakers of his time, Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) and his family worked out of Amsterdam. This series was published by his son Johannes (c. 1599-1673), who took over the business upon his father's death. Stains in margins, small tear to bottom center.Binding: unbound
Condition: very good
Book ID: 208850