Rare and decorative map, showing allegorical representations of the continents in the lower corners.
The panoramic view at the bottom depicts the IJ River, filled with sailing ships, based upon Jochem Bormeester's view of 1685. The plan shows Amsterdam at the height of its world influence, with the great Three Canals Project well under way.
The map provides an historical look at the growth of Amsterdam, superimposed over its exisitng situation at the beginning of the 18th Century:
- Orange Lines: Shows the extent of the city and its fortified walls as of 1613, just before the first major expansion of the city.
- Blue/Green: Illustrates the Amstel River and earliest canals, prior to the 1613 expansion of the city.
- Pink: Illustrates the more modern canals associated with the 1662 expansion of the city technical improvements associated with the locks, windmills and pumping systems for refreshing the water.
This is Hameleer's 3rd state (of with "per P. Mortier" in the title-banner). The map would later be re-issued by Covens & Mortier, with the title revised.
The map is apparently very rare on the market.
OCLC locates copies at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Sachsische Landesbibliothek.
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.