Auction 107, Lot 342

"Amstelodamum…", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Netherlands

Period: 1617 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.2 x 10.8 inches
38.6 x 27.4 cm

This is Jansson's version of Braun & Hogenberg's rare second plan of Amsterdam. Since the first plan, drawn in 1572, the city had undergone considerable growth in trade following the destruction of Antwerp by the Spanish in 1576. By 1600 Amsterdam had laid the foundations of what was to become one of the leading trading empires of Europe. This plan shows the city center surrounded by the medieval town walls. The new expanded city limits and canal systems are depicted with fortifications built-out on the right and drawn in dotted lines to show the area to be enclosed on completion of the construction. It is decorated with two cartouche, two coats of arms and a finely dressed couple in the foreground. A fine and very scarce plan.


Condition: A

Two tiny spots on centerfold, else fine.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/9/2004