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A Rare Late State!

Rare map of the Duchy of Brabant, published by Peter Verbiest in Amsterdam.

The map is oriented with west at the top and includes City Views of Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp, s'Hertogenbosch, Mechelen, Breda, Helmond, Lier, Bergen op Zoom and  Tienen.

Along the side panels are costumed images  Carte-a-Figures. Short title above. Lower left corner cartouche with comprehensive title, date and the name of Pieter Verbiest, the publisher. On both sides borders with costumed figures representing the attire of the regional people. 

The map was first published in Antwerp in 1628 and reissued in 1637. This late state was unrecorded until recent years.

Schilder/Stopp, MCN VI, 60.3
Peter Verbiest Biography

The Verbiest family was a family of mapmakers, printers and publishers.  The family fled after the fall of Antwerp to the Netherlands, but returned in 1609 for the duration of the twelve-year truce.  The family set up shop in Antwerp at Op de lombaerde vest onder het uithangbord Americ sign, the only map publishing firm to return to the south and publishing.

The patriarch of the family, Pieter Verbiest (ca. 1560-1643) had two sons, among whom Peter II (1607-1669) was the most prolific. It is not always clear which of them was the author of a particular map.  Their cartographic production mainly consisted of loose maps.

The firm never published a standard folio atlas, but did produce a small atlas of the Netherlands (1636).   

All Verbiest maps tend to be very rare on the market.