God made the world. The Dutch made Holland. Maps made government.
By STAMPIOEN, Jan Janzoon, 1660
[Rotterdam] Het Hooge Heemraedt Schap van Schielandt.
- Author: STAMPIOEN, Jan Janzoon
- Publication place: Amsterdam
- Publisher: Johann Vingbooms
- Publication date: 1660.
- Physical description: Large engraved wall map in nine sections, joined, six single page engraved coats-of-arms to the sides, all with fine original hand-colour, heightened in gold.
- Dimensions: 1470 by 2340mm. (57.75 by 92.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 10861
The map lays out the principal towns, villages, and settlements, differentiating the land ownerships. Also shown are the borders of the polders (tracks of reclaimed lands) together with the names of their owners. It displays drainage canals, windmills, certain cultivated areas, ornamental gardens, some larger buildings, churches, and street or canal plans of the cities of Rotterdam, Delfshaven, Gouda and Schiedam. The map is surrounded by coats-of-arms on three sides.
We have only been able to trace two examples of this edition: Yale University Library, and in the archive of ‘Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard’ in the Netherlands. Both maps are uncoloured. Our copy seems to be the only coloured first edition version of this work which has survived. There were later editions in 1684, 1694, 1710, 1718 and 1765. However, due to the high mortality rate of wall maps, even later editions are scarce.