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Germania inferior id est, XVII Provinciarum eius novae et exactae Tabulae Geographicae, cum luculentis singularum descriptionibus additis a Petro Montano
Petrus Kaerius
€12.000 - €16.000

In-folio (ca. 43,5 x 30,5 cm), [viii], 94 pp, [2] ff, engraved allegorical title, complete with 25 engravings on double page : one history plate (with a small map and 5 figures of local costumes) + 24 maps. Entirely HAND COLOURED. With the famous LEO BELGICUS map, (2nd state) of the lion rampant facing right by Hendrik van Langren (1573-1609) which Kaerius already inserted in the 1617 edition. On the verso of the map the author refers to Michael Aitzinger as the first one to print this map. Many maps have beautiful traditional costumes, some have city views (Namur, Ghent, Antwerp...), some both. A few maps show sea monsters (17 Provinces, Leo Belgicus, Holland, Frisia...) A few marginal stains. Full vellum binding, slightly soiled

"Second edition, first published in 1617. For this second edition the text was entirely reset; ""Flandriae pars orientalior"" (pl. 10) was replaced by the ""Caerte van t'Vrije"" by C.J. Visscher while the map ""Typus Frisiae orientalis"", now with text on the verso, is bound at the end. Provenance: heraldic bookplate Engelbert Van Berckel. Ref. Koeman Kee-2 ; Van der Heijden 2006, 4.2 ; Eenheid op papier, p. 31 (titelpagina van de 1617-editie) ""Interessant is dat een Vlaamse cartograaf in Amsterdam, die in 1617 de mooiste atlas van de Nederlanden samenstelde die ooit gemaakt is, het belang van de boekdrukkunst en van het kompas zo goed besefte dat hij beide op zijn titelpagina afbeeldde."""