- Author: MEIJER, A.
- Publisher: [Pieter van der Aa?]
- Publication date: early 17th century
- Physical description: Engraved print.
- Dimensions: 365 by 395mm. (14.25 by 15.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12390
The print appears in Allard’s ‘Orbis
“Orbis habitabilis” is a rare and interesting book illustrating towns and costumes. In many cases a plate of a town is followed by another showing the costume of the inhabitants , as is shown in this view of Paris. The images are excellent in design and execution, and wide-ranging and comprehensive in subject matter.
Carel Allard is considered to be the first compiler of a townbook to couple the plates this way. Orbis habitabilis comprises 28 views of European towns (including four costumes), 24 Asian towns (including 4 costumes), 24 African towns (including 6 costumes) and 24 American towns (including 8 costumes). The text for the book is in Latin by Ludolph Smids, a Groningen doctor and antiquary who settled in Amsterdam in 1685.
- van der Krogt 2438.
- Koeman, C and van der Krogt, Pieter (2000–2010). Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici. MS’t Goy-Houten: HES & De Graaf Publishers. 9 vols.