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Antique map of Zutphen by Braun & Hogenberg

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Category:Antique maps > europe > Netherlands - Cities
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Zutphen - Braun & Hogenberg, 1599.


Bird's-eye view plan of Zutphen after Jacob van Deventer. Key to locations.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "But Zutphen derives its name from the marshes, which are called Vennen by the Low Germans, so that it seems the name means southern Venn. It is one of the most elegant towns in the Duchy of Guelders. The latter contains around 22 cities surrounded by walls, of which four are the most elegant, namely Nijmegen, Roermond, Arnhem or, according to Tacitus, Aquilea, Zutphen. If any town in this region is rich in population and commodities, it is doubtless this one, which is well protected by its natural position and its fortifications."

This is a bird's-eye view of the town from the south. The moats are fed from the Berken, which flows into the IJssel here. Beside the IJssel are the Old Town and the New Town, surrounded by a medieval city wall, and there is a Renaissance-style defence system with bastions on the eastern side. The town was granted a municipal charter in 1190 and joined the Hanseatic League at the end of the 14th century. It was the capital of the county of the same name, which belonged to the County, later Duchy, of Guelders from the 12th century onwards. The Gothic Sint-Walburgskerk on the 's-Gravenhof stands out clearly among the other buildings. (Taschen)

Date of the first edition: 1588
Date of this map: 1599

Copper engraving
Size: 31.5 x 42.5cm (12.3 x 16.5 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt , 4964; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.291.

From: Liber quartus Urbium Praecipuarum totius Mundi. Cologne, Bertram Buchholtz, 1599. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.4(1599))

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