Antwerp Belgium fine rare ca. 1596 Aitzing antique city planBrian DiMambro -Historical Investments
Antwerpen Nobiliss Totius Orbis Terrarum Emporoo Typus Anno C. D. LXXXV
(Antwerp, Foritified Port, Star Fort, Citadel, Defensive Canal, Belgium)
Likely issued ca. 1585-96, Cologne Germany by Aitzing (Aitzinger, Eitzing, Eitzinger, Eytsinger)
Fine and very uncommon early birds-eye view city plan of Antwerp. From the late 16th century, among the earliest collectible detailed plans available to the modern collector. Aitzing is known for inventing the famous "Leo Belgicus" whimsical map design. Two armed men on horseback at bottom corner to right of title box, two coats of arms in top corners. Incredible level of detail, hundreds and hundreds of individual buildings shown.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The photos are a major part of the item description. Please examine them closely, as what you see is what we will send you.
[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].
Map remains well preserved. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling which is visible within the scan, no fold-line, wide side blank margins.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
Great antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
A depiction captured in a manner entirely unique to this era.
Sheet measures c. 1 1/4" H x 14 1/8" W.
Printed area measures c. 9" H x 11 1/8" W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 1, p. 15*
Swaen Internet Auction, 2002
AMPR, appearing just twice between 1983-2011