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Leyda, Batavorum Lugdunum, vulgo Leyden, ... - Braun & Hogenberg, 1597.
Antique map - bird's-eye view plan of Leiden and surrounds by Braun and Hogenberg, with Valkenburg, Voorschoten, Zoeterwoude, Leiderdorp. ...
TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Leiden, the Lugdunum of the Batavi, in the vernacular Leyden. A town that is beautiful and splendid due to its elegant houses and large population; besieged and surrounded by the Spanish, but relieved through the supply of provisions by the Orange party in the year of salvation 1574.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "In Leiden there exists up to the present day a lively trade in wool and cloth, but also in hides and excellent parchment, which are treated and produced here. The city is three miles from Delft and not far from the old Britannic castle, which can still be seen today when the sea recedes a little."
The unusual bird's-eye view from the south shows Leiden with its orderly canals, and the surrounding countryside with the villages of Voorchoten (left), Leiderdorp (right) and Zoeterwoude (bottom right). In the 16th and 17th centuries Leiden experienced an economic and political upturn. After an unsuccessful five-month siege (the fighting can be seen in the lower right-hand corner) the Spanish withdrew in the autumn of 1574. As a reward, William of Orange founded the university in 1575. The cloth trade boomed and at the beginning of the 17th century Leiden had 100,000 inhabitants. Many opulent Renaissance buildings were constructed in this period, including the town hall, the Gemeenlandshuis and the Lakenhal. The Sint-Pieterskerk was completed in the 16th century in the late Gothic style. (Taschen)
This map was made by the Dutch cartographer Jan van Liefrinck, who was active in Leiden in 1567 and died there in 1599. He received payment on 22 August 1580 from the Leiden Magistracy for his map and view of the city, which was destined for Plantijn's edition of Guicciardini's Descrittione, 1581.
Date of the first edition: 1575
Date of this map: 1597
Size: 34 x 47.5cm (13.3 x 18.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Uncoloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2271, State 2; 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: 23979
Price: 500 Euro
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