Dutch Blockade of Antwerp

1585

A rare edition that is rich in history appertaining to the Dutch Blockade of Antwerp in 1585.

The Fall of Antwerp more . . .

Note the Dutch and Spanish flags detailing the locations of the two sides.

A handsome map that is sure to delight any historian.

See Also - Town Plan of Antwerp

Old Chart of Castelli from £29.95  Available in two sizes 50 x 43 & 61 x 43 cms

 

The Golden Age of the Atlas . . .

had it its beginnings in Antwerp in the heart of the Netherlands Fom the 1550's it became a boom town for commerce, banking, map making and publishing.

It was home to the golden compasses the largest print making firm north of the alps from the still miraculously preserved printing presses now four hundred years old came the maps that started the Atlas Revolution. The reason that map making became so central to Dutch life was from a confluence of factors. What you had was a moment at which the Dutch themselves are very much part of the Odysseus race - expanding into the East Indies - competing with the Portuguese - they wanted to know about those places as traders - as politicians - they wanted to know about the places they are expanding into.

The boundaries of geographical knowledge were expanding as never before and in the hundred or so print works in Antwerp the most highly skilled printers and engravers set about turning that knowledge in to maps. And today 400 year old copper plates are still producing perfect prints. For map makers it was a time of unprecedented opportunity. And one map maker would rise above them all. His contemporary Abraham Orteliuss called him the best geographer of our time. His name was Gerrard Mercator. This is an era of intellectuals - they are polymaths - they specialise in all kinds of things and Mercator is very much one of those men - he wants to not only to know about his own locality but also about the wider world.

In the sixteenth century it was all about understanding the universe as a the product of a divine plan and Mecator is very much one of those men that feels through knowledge of the World you can come through to the knowledge of God.

To serve God Mercator used science, a man from humble origins - his father was a lowly cobbler - Mercator's intellectual ambition was boundless. His ideas and his methods transformed map making and they became the way we see the world forever. Using his new scientifically rigorous world view - the Mercator's Projection' he mapped the continents to the same accurate scales for the very first time. Then he gathered his maps together in a single volume - and gave it a name we still use every day - he called his book Atlas.

 
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