£35.55 – £59.95
Originally created for the Groot Toonneel der Steden (or Town Atlas of the Low Countries for those of us not fluent in Dutch!) this map shows an unmistakable bird’s eye view of one of Europe’s most famous cities. The map was commissioned in order to commemorate the country’s independence from Spain at the end of he Eighty Years’ War. Here, William Blaue, one of the 17th century’s most highly accredited cartographers, shows the capital of the Netherlands in its Golden Age, during which it was one of the leading trading empires of Europe. The city centre can be seen encased by medieval walls. The recently expanded parameters of Amsterdam and infamous canal systems are clearly depicted. Hundreds of the town’s buildings are encapsulated by the series of canals and the River Amstel, with the stock exchange and fish market right at its centre. Blaue includes a remarkable legend offering no less than 107 numbered locations across the map. The busy hustle and bustle of the city’s port is reflected in the drawing by the inclusion of several sailing ships and Amsterdam’s coat of arms can be seen in the top left corner. Opposite this sits the coat of arms of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie).
Available in three sizes: Large: 24″ x 31″ (78.7 x 61cms) Medium: 18″ x 24″ (45.5 x 61cms) Small: 19.5″ x 14″ (49.5 x 35.5cms)