Antique maps of The Netherlands & Belgium

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of The Netherlands, particularly Holland, and of Belgium. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

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Antique maps of The Netherlands and Belgium

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Landscape prints and illustrations

About antique prints, maps and views of The Netherlands and Belgium

When the Dutch finally broke free of Iberian domination, they no longer had access to the Spanish and Portuguese ports. As they were cut off from the rest of the country, they were forced to find other means of supply. They were good sailors and ship builders, and therefore resorted to trading by sea. For this purpose they needed maps and, in particular, charts.

Notable 16th Century cartographers

Gerard Mercator (Kremer) (1512-1594).

Born in Rupelmonde in Flanders. He was an astronomer, mathematician, cartographer, instrument and globe maker. He surveyed, engraved and produced maps. His sons and grandsons were all cartographers involved in the production of maps and Atlases. He is best remembered for Mercator’s Projection.

Abraham Ortelius(Ortel) (1527-98)

Born in Antwerp, where he started a business as a book dealer. In 1564 he published a World Map, and in 1570 issued the first Atlas “Theatrum Orbis Terrarrum”. Between 1570-1612 the Theatrum was re-issued in 42 editions.

Gerard de Jode (1509-91)

Cartographer, publisher and engraver, de Jode issued maps from 1555. He was active at the same time, and in competition with Ortelius. His most outstanding work is his Speculum Orbis Terrarum published in 1578, 8 years after Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The competing atlas had become so popular by the time he published his own, that it never sold well and only about a dozen examples have survived.

Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1534-98)

An experienced pilot and seaman, Waghenaer produced the first set of navigational charts, “Spiegel der Zeevaert in 1584. They were extremely popular as nothing like that had been used before.

Christopher Plantin

Printer and bookseller. Printed the Atlas of Ortelius and Waghenaer’s charts, and was very involved in their publication.

17th century cartographers

Antwerp and then Amsterdam became two of the wealthiest trading cities in Europe, the base of the Dutch East India Company, and the centre of art and printing. The 17th Century was the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. From 1570 to 1670 the Low Countries produced some of the greatest map-makers in the world.

The finest Dutch map publishers were the Blaeu family.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

Was trained by Tycho Brahe in astronomy. He was a surveyor, globe-maker, and publisher; his sons, Joan (1596-1673) and Cornelius (?-1642). Blaeu’s Atlases were printed from 1630 to 1662. In 1672 there was a fire and most of the maps and printing presses were destroyed.

Jan Jansson (1596-1664)

A contemporary and rival of Blaeu. Produced Ptolemy’s Geography in 1617 and constructed globes. He issued atlases together with his brother-in law Hondius from 1638. In 1683 his atlas was republished by Peter Schenk. 

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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.