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2 vol. gr. in-folio (49 x 31 cm), 2 col. engraved title-pages with pasted-on title: "Theatrum urbium celebriorum totius Belgii", contemp. HAND COLOURED and GOLD-HEIGTHENED. With 113 plates, CONTEMPORARY HAND COLOURED. With offsetting of the colours. Index of both parts is bound at the end of the first vol. Condition: crease in the centre of 1st plate of Dordrecht, small tear in the center fold below of 2nd plate Haarlem, tear in the lower center fold of pl. Amsterdam, some pale damp staining in the upper margin at the beginning and at the end of vol. 2. Contemporary vellum bindings, with rich gilt tooling, all edges gilt, traces of closing ties, spines renewed
Ref. van der Krogt IV-1: 42.11 ; Koeman II, Ja 12. Townbook of the Netherlands, first part: Southern Netherlands (61 maps), second part: Northern Netherlands (52 maps). Janssonius acquired the plates of Hogenberg's "Civitates orbis terrarum" that were mostly unaltered, and incorporated them in his town atlases. In the index at the end of vol. 2 these were referred to as "vetus pl." unless being altered, amended or reworked, in which case the index mentions "novus pl.". For the cities of the Netherlands, he ordered newly engraved copper plates after Blaeu's originals, after Slichtenhorst or Zeiler. The index refers to these as "novus pl." as well. In this set more then 30 "old pl." and 50 "new pl." are present. Also included is J. Hoefnagel's large folding map of Antwerp in vol. 1