NETHERLANDS. BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF DEVENTER BY BRAUN & HOGENBERG 1581.
A highly attractive copper line engraving on paper, produced to accompany Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitates Orbis Terrarum", and first published in Cologne 1581.
CARTOUCHE: A view of the Free Hanseatic City of Deventer.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Deventer has a diocesan church, watched over by St Lebuinus, the patron saint of the upper reaches of the IJssel and the centre surrounding area. Deventer is also renowned for its school, which has produced many learned and distinguished men; the city is furthermore famed for its commerce. "
Deventer, in the Middle Ages the seat of the bisshop of Utrecht and in the early modern era a major intersection of trade routes, is seen in a bird's-eye view from the south. The largest building is the Grote Kerk or Sint-Lebuinuskerk, whose massive tower is the city's landmark. The neighbouring Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk dates from the 14th century: On the market square in the right half of the picture stands the weigh house, built in 1545. Deventer was the home of the celebrated cartographer Jacob van Deventer, whose maps formed the basis of many of the engravings in Braun and Hogenberg's atlas, including the present plan of Deventer.
Measures approx. 340 x 415 mm. Good condition, see photo.
Attractive old hand colour.
A guaranteed genuine antique map.