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Dordracum vulgo Dortt - Braun & Hogenberg, 1597.
Antique map - view of Dordrecht by Braun and Hogenberg, with key to locations.
TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: In Dordracum, in the vernacular Dordrecht, I am surrounded by Meuse, Waal, Lek and Merwede. Behold here the eternal faith in the Batavian Virgin.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Dordrecht is an old Dutch city situated on the Merwede, but as waters flow into this river from the Rhine, the Meuse and the Lek and it becomes one river, some claim that the city lies on four rivers. Due to these rivers its position is like an island. The Merwede affords great quantities of good fish, especially sturgeon and other choice fish."
Dordrecht is shown here as a view over the Merwede. The city is famed as Holland's oldest city, because it was granted a municipal charter as far as 1220 and was uncontested as the most important trade city and port of the province from the 13th to the 16th century. In November of 1421 a storm surge flooded Holland. Over 100,000 people died and the floods left an indelible mark on the area around Dordrecht. Behind Dordrecht the water did not flow away, thus the city became an island. The Grote Kerk, built in the Brabant-Gothic style, rises above the city. Another architectural jewel of the city is the Gothic town hall (18). In the building captioned Het groote hoof (13) a meeting took place in July 1572 of representatives of most of the Dutch towns, in order to declare William of Orange as their leader and their independence from Spain: this was the beginning of the Dutch Revolt. (Taschen)
Date of the first edition: 1575
Date of this map: 1597
Size: 31.5 x 49.5cm (12.2 x 19.3 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Uncoloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 1113; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p. 156.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2: De Praecipuis, Totius Universi Urbibus, Liber Secundus. Köln, Bertram Buchholz, 1597. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.2)
Item number: 23978
Price: 420 Euro
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