Amsterdam. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 16" x 20.5" very good.
Beautifully colored town plan of Delfzijl on the northern coast of Holland, shown in an unusual panoramic birds-eye view, circa 1649. Features the walls of the fortress, but only one single church within. A few ships are shown in the waterways. Scale incorporates hand burnished gold leaf. 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. Overall wear and minor stains, some tears and chipping along bottom and left edges.