Decorative view of Antwerp in the Netherlands. The view shows numerous ships at sea, a testament to the city as acting as a center of trade and investment. The spires of the city, including the great central church, can be seen in the background.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.