Rare map of the Seventeen Provinces

By Anonymous, 1680 

Status Belgicus cum Vicinis.

Europe Low Countries
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publication place: [?Brussels
  • Publication date: c.1690]
  • Physical description: Engraved map, proof state.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 520mm (16.25 by 20.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 10730

Notes

To the left of the map is an elaborate title cartouche surrounded by naval scenes and flanked by cherubs. Above this is the title within a banderole, together with three cherubs, holding aloft the coats-of-arms of the seventeen provinces of the Spanish Netherlands. Below the cartouche is a diagram of phases of the moon, together with an explanation upon finding your time at sea, using the diagram.

Of the two institutional examples — the Ghent University bares a dedication and portrait of Maximillian Emanuel II, who was the last governor of the Spanish Netherlands from 1692 to 1709.