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Rare Old Color Map of Rotterdam

Finely engraved plan of Rotterdam, published in Amsterdam by Carol Allard.

The present example is a variant of the edition in the BNF, which is attibuted to Jacobus Allard and lacks credit and privilege below the right text column.

Most notably, the lettering for the Maas River (Mosa Fluvius) has been completely changed and relocated. A number of place names on the key have been changed and many new place names have been added to the key, including:

  • 3b
  • 23b
  • 53b
  • 55b
  • 56b
  • 66b
  • 86b
  • 105b
  • 155 (erroneously skipped in the earlier states)

The map may have been originally engraved by Adriaan Schoonebeeck.

Condition Description
Old Color. Repaired fold split.
Carel Allard Biography

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.