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BAST, Pieter
Amstelodamum Urbs Hollandiae Primaria, Emporium Totius Europae Celeberium.
Amsterdam,: Claes Jansz. Visscher,, 1597. [c1618]. Engraved map on four sheets, joined. The final state of one of the most famous and influential maps of Amsterdam, first published in 1597. Pieter Bast (c.1550-1605) produced the first town plan of Amsterdam for half a century, updating Cornelis Anthonisz’s woodcut view of 1544. He may also have drawn on Braun and Hogenberg’s view of Amsterdam from ‘Civitates Orbis Terrarum’ (1572) (see item 11). It became the standard “for the critical period to 1625, the year of Balthasar Florisz van Berkenrode’s celebrated ground plan. During these three decades prior to 1625 Amsterdam evolved from a provincial emporium to a world capital ... Bast recorded the appearance of Amsterdam at a singularly momentous point in its history ... Bast’s print is no mere representation; it is a portrait” (Keyes). As the primacy of Antwerp in the Low Countries slipped away at the end of the sixteenth century, Amsterdam moved to take its place. The city took in religious refugees and economic migrants alongside a growing native population, absorbing their skills and wealth. When Bast first made the map, the total area of the city remained the same as it had been a century before, while the population had quadrupled over the same period. The map shows the extensive building required by the expanding population: Anthonisz’s 1544 plan had 52 bridges, but Bast’s has twice that number. It also shows the source of the wealth driving Amsterdam’s expansion, through the fleet of ships bobbing in the harbour. At the lower left, the shipyard … [Click Below for Full Description]
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