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Johannes Blaeu
Prima Pars Brabantiaecuius caput Lovanium. [Map of Louvain region of Brabant, Belgium / Belgïe / Belgique]
Amsterdam 1645 - [Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, c.1645], from the ‘Atlas Novus’, Latin text on verso. A MAGNIFICENT MAP OF LOUVAIN REGION OF BELGIUM, BY THE MOST CELEBRATED MAPMAKER OF THE ERA, IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, WITH THE MOST RESPLENDENT ORIGINAL HAND-COLORING. Dimensions: 20 x 23.5 inches (510 x 600 mm), on a full, untrimmed sheet, as originally issued. This elegant map features a large section of eastern Brabant, in modern Belgium. The region’s largest town, Louvain (Leuven in Flemish) is home to the Catholic University of Louvain. Founded in 1425, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the Low Countries. Blaeu wrote admiringly that “Louvain is a very ancient town and boasts a castle of impressive age – built, according to the inhabitants, by Julius Caesar The interior measurement of the walls is six Italian miles and to walk the circuit of them takes at least two hours. There are large meadows within its walls, fine vines and spacious gardens full of fruit trees”. In the lower-right corner of the map is a lovely title cartouche surrounded by the arms of the region’s ten towns: Louvain (on the top), on the left: Tienen, Gembloux, Halen, Jodoigne and Landen; and on the right: Zoutleeuw, Diest, Zichem, Hannut.At the time that this map was printed the Blaeu family firm was the most celebrated and successful publisher of maps, atlases and globes in the World. The products of their Amsterdam workshop were universally admired for the elegance of their Baroque artistry, their progressive geography, and the magnificent quality of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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