"Limburgensis Ducatus Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1603 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
17.5 x 15.2 inches
44.5 x 38.6 cm
This map of the former duchy of Limburg in present-day northeastern Belgium and southern Holland was done by Agidio Martini in 1603. Martini, a mathematician in Antwerp, was responsible for most of the maps of the Limburg region developed at that time and was copied extensively. This is one of the few maps directly accredited to him as the cartographer. Major cities shown on the map are Liege, Limburg, and Aachen. The large title cartouche incorporates the coat of arms and the distance scale includes a surveyor and a set of dividers. Latin text on verso, which includes a very nice historiated initial.
Lovely original color. Separation of bottom centerfold and two small tears in lower margin, all closed with archival tape. Minor mat burn in margins.