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Zwolle, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

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Swolla diu celebris meruit virtutibus Arma: ..., 1599.

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Item Number:  23318
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Netherlands - Cities

Old, antique map - Bird's-eye view plan of Zwolle by Braun and Hogenberg

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Zwolle, long famous, earned through its valour arms that usually ennoble a brave people. Hence it was worthy of admission into the Three-City League in ancient contractual fidelity.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Of the eight allied cities of the upper reaches of the IJssel, Zwolle is the most magnificent and above all also an imperial city. It possesses three monasteries, one Augustinian, the other Dominican, and the third belonging to the Brethren of the Common Life ("Broeders van het Gemene Leven"), as they are called. There are also four nunneries. There is also a school here, which has produced countless highly learned men."

This bird's-eye plan shows Zwolle, with its canals and solid city gates, from the west. The houses within their individual blocks are very close together and appear compressed, whereas the squares and streets seem unnaturally broad. Amongst the most prominent buildings in the illustration are the Grote Kerk (S. Michielskerk) and, directly beneath it, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe basilica. The basilica tower is known as the Peperbus after its shape. Visible top right is the Sassenport, Zwolle's sole surviving city gate and today the landmark of the town. On the left-hand side of the city lies the Dominician monastery, which was endowed in 1465. (Taschen)

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1599

Copper engraving
Size: 33.5 x 43cm (13.1 x 16.8 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Superb old colour, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References:Van der Krogt 4, 4976; Fauser, 16031; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.241.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Köln, Bertram Buchholtz, 1599. (Koeman, B&H3)

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