CITY PLAN OF DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
BRAUN & HOGENBERG
Dordrecht. From the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. 2
Full period color, 13-1/4” x 18-1/2”. Very nice condition.
This plan of Dordrecht is from Braun & Hogenberg’s monumental city atlas, the Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Published in six parts between 1572 and 1617, this landmark work was “the eariest systematic city atlas” attempting to depict every city of the world. For many towns, they are the earliest printed plans and views.
Dordrecht was granted city rights by William I, Count of Holland in 1220, making it the oldest city in the present province of South Holland. It was an important commercial and trading center by the later medieval period. This bird’s-eye view of the city is contemporary with the Dutch revolt against the House of Hapsburg which led to an independent Netherlands, and in which Dordrecht played an important role. It shows every existing street, canal, individual houses and gardens. The city’s important buildings are easily identifiable, including the Grot Kerk (Great Church) at lower left.
Reference: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Volume II, pp. 10-25.
Inventory No. 8764