"Nederland de Bakermat van Roemruchte Gebeurlijkheden in Verleden en Heden",
Period: 1930 (dated)
Publication: Haagsche Post
Color: Printed Color
14.9 x 19.8 inches
37.8 x 50.3 cm
This humorous pictorial map by Ton van Tast depicts the notable locations and events in the Netherlands, both past and present. Each province is delineated and includes images relevant to the region, such as an orchard of light bulbs in Eindhoven, where Philips Electronics was founded, and a portrait of Carl von Rabenhaupt in the province of Groningen, who played an important role in the Siege of Groningen in 1672. The importance of shipping and trade is also highlighted on the map with cartouches in the bottom corners commemorating the Dutch West India Company and the Dutch East India Company, as well as Willem Barentsz' search for a northeast passage and exploration of Novaya Zemlya at the top of the map. The superb title cartouche features putti and mythical figures. Published in Amsterdam by L. van Leer & Co. for Haagsche Post. Ton van Tast (1884-1975) was the pen name for Anton van der Valk, a Dutch illustrator known for his satirical cartoons.
A bright example with a few minor extraneous creases and marginal soiling.