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Antique maps > europe > low countries - belgium > Antique map of Ypres (Ieper) by Braun & Hogenberg
Hypra Flandriarum Civitas Munitissima - Braun & Hogenberg, 1581-88.
Bird's-eye view plan of Ypres (Ieper).
CARTOUCHE: Ypres, one of the best-fortified cities in Flanders.
COMMENTRY BY BRAUN: "Ypres is a city in Flanders with a big and long town hall, located on the marketplace, a magnificent building with a big square tower. It is a remarkable fact that no one has ever seen a spider or a spider's web in this building. As some believe, the reason for this is that the wooden beams were brought here over the sea from Norway and Sweden and that the salt water does not tolerate rot and vermin. Twice a year a great fair is held here, especially in cloth and wool, with which the Flemings have always carried on a lively trade."
Ypres in Flanders was one of the most important cloth production centres in Europe in the 13th century. With a population of 200,000 and 4,000 weaving looms, it surpassed even Ghent and Bruges. Cloth from Ypres has been found in central Russia, North Africa and Syria. The city suffered an economic decline in the 15th century when English wool became established on the market. (Taschen)
Size: 34 x 32.5cm (13.3 x 12.6 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, small reinforcement at centrefold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.148.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Köln, G. Kempen, 1581-88. (Koeman, B&H3)
Item number: 05233
Price: 400 Euro
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