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Stock# 56934
Description

Large map of Flanders, plus 2 sheets of town plans (16 plans in total) and index sheet, published by Pieter Mortier in Amsterdam circa 1700.

Pieter Mortier's detailed map of Flanders illustrates the towns, roads, canals and forests in the region.  Major towns and villages are highlighted in red on the map including Bruges, Dunkirk, Veurne, St. Omer, Kortrijk, Ghent, Aalst, Oudenaarde, Valenciennes, Tournai, Mons, etc. 

The map includes fine topographical features including forests, hills, lakes, mountain ranges, canals, etc. along with chateaus, churches, and windmills.

A beautifully engraved title cartouche is featured at the top left of the map along with a scale of distance at the bottom left.

Sheet 2 and 3 consists of 16 detailed illustrations of town plans including Lille, Douay, Montcassel, Ypres, Menen, Aardenburg, Terneuzen, Kortrijk, etc.  

The fourth sheet is an alphabetical index of towns within the region of Flanders.

 

 

 

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.