Amsterdam. unbound. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 15.5" x 20" very good.
Beautiful and unusually rendered map of Limbourg in southeastern Belgium. The Vesdre River winds around and through farmland, the hills and the fortress. Tiny scenes, houses and animals dot the landscape. Includes two coats of arms. Originally published in "Theatrum Praecipuarum Totius Europae Urbium" (town book of Europe), circa 1693. Expert repairs to centerfold, a few small tears to bottom edge. Margins have been cropped. Frederick de Wit (1629/30--1706) was one of the foremost cartographers and map sellers of the Dutch Golden Age. Based in Amsterdam, he began with a small printing shop in 1654 and soon became internationally known for his city plans and wall maps of the world. His most famous work is the "Theatrum Praecipuarum Totius Europae," published after 1694, which contained 132 plans and views of European and Asian cities. By 1671, he was producing large folio atlases for both his shop and individual patrons that could contain anywhere between 15 and 150 maps. Today, these atlases grace the collections of many museums and institutions as evidence of the vibrant cartographic trade in Amsterdam in the middle- and late-17th century. This striking map is a rare example from this work.