Gorgeous large-format engraved antique map of Amsterdam, published by Hendrick de Leth in Amsterdam, circa 1735.
Amsterdam's classic, canal-divided urban plan is readily apparent in De Leth's map. The blocks of the city are differentiated, and some of the more important public buildings are rendered pictorially. Amsterdam is ringed by fortifications as well as its famous windmills, which are fully engraved and named.
At the bottom of the map is an allegorical cartouche with figures representing the bounties of the sea, the power of Europe, etc. Themes that were closely tied to Amsterdam's self-identity.
A key, spread across the upper-left and -right corners, records 139 points of interest, corresponding to numbers on the map. In the far upper-left corner is an inset regional map that shows Amsterdam in the context of its surroundings, that map is titled "Caarte van Amstelland".
The map is scarce on the market, this being the first time we have had it.