Namur – Namurcum, Elegantissima ad Mosae Flume Civitas.
Date of first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1599
Dimensions (not including margins): 33 x 47 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 40,7 x 54,2 cm
Condition: Very good. Copper engraving on strong paper and wide margins. Centre fold as published. Original colouring.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: text in Latin
Map references: Van der Krogt 4, 2948; Fauser, 9475; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.241
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum,, Liber tertius
CARTOUCHE: Namur, a very fair city on the River Meuse.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: “The council for the whole county is held here. The people of this city are very experienced in warfare. The princes have a great liking for this city and French is spoken here, albeit in a rather garbled fashion.”
This engraving of Namur shows a bird’s-eye view of the city from the south. It offers a clear overview of the topographical setting of the hilly city, which in the 16th century belonged to the House of Habsburg. On the roccky spur high above the Meuse lie a set of modest fortifications. In the 17th century these were expanded into a mighty citadel. Nevertheless, in 1692 the French, under Sébastien Le Prestre Marquis de Vauban’s command, were able to capture the city, fortress and citadel after a siege lasting just a few weeks. (Taschen)
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At the confluence of Sambre and Meuse