Namur – Namurcum, Elegantissima ad Mosae…
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
Namur commented 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.”
Cartouche: Namur, a very fair city on the River
Full title: Namurcum, Elegantissima ad Mosae Flume Civitas.
Taschen on Namur
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.
Liège – Leodiumby Georg Braun and Frans HogenbergPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €850,00 / $1 037,00 / £731,00
Namur – Namurcumby Joan BlaeuPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €700,00 / $854,00 / £602,00
At the confluence of Sambre and Meuse
Namur – Namurcumby Abraham OrteliusPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €800,00 / $976,00 / £688,00