Fine example of this scarce map of Gelderland, engraved by Abraham Allard and published by Carel Allard.
The map extends from the Ijsselmeer (de Zuider Zee) to Roermonde, with Amsterdam in the upper left corner.
Other major cities shown include Gelder, Venloo, Roermonde, Harderwyk, Deventer, ARnhem, Zuyphen, Amserfoot, Utrecht, Mimmegen, Emmerick, and Breda.
The figurative cartouche glorifies both the bounty and the military prowess of the region.
Carel (Carol) Allard (Allardt) (1648–1709) was an engraver and publisher based in Amsterdam. Part of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers, his father was engraver and publisher Hugo Allard (1627–1684), who left his business to Carel upon his death. Carel published anything in demand, including maps, topography, ethnography, newsprints, and restrikes of old plates of artistic prints, many of which likely came from his father’s stock. In 1706, Carel gave his copperplates to his son Abraham Allard, before going bankrupt.