Auction 124, Lot 449

"Amsterdam, Fameux Port de Mer…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Period: 1705 (dated)

Publication: Les Forces de l'Europe…

Color: Hand Color

13 x 8.7 inches
33 x 22.1 cm

This lovely bird's-eye view of Amsterdam presents the city during a time of prosperity, reflected in the many ships shown at the city's docks. Two numbered keys locate strategic points within the city's fortifications, including bastions, docks, and important buildings. Nicolas de Fer held the title of Geographer at Louis XIV's court. He was one of the most prolific publishers of plans of European cities in the late seventeenth century. Engraved by Herman van Loon.

References: Pollak, pp 40-43.

Condition: A

A strong impression on a sturdy sheet with a faint printer's crease and a couple of printer's smudges.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/7/2008