Namur – Namurcum

by Abraham Ortelius


Date of first edition: 1579

Date of this map: 1598

Dimensions (not including margins): 38 x 51 cm

Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Old hand coloured. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A

Verso: text in French

References: Van den Broecke 68; Van der Krogt 3, 3340:31; Karrow 74/1.1.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, first published 1579, this edition 1598, Antwerpen, printed by Plantin.

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The Duchy of Namur

This fine map centered on Namur is richly embellished with forests, cities, mountains. This map is based on a manuscript map drawn by Jacques Surhon in 1555, which was suppressed for security reasons. In 1579, when Antwerp became independent for a brief period of time, Ortelius was able to use the manuscript map to create this copper plate. The map is adorned with an elaborate strapwork title cartouche, a compass rose, and a secondary cartouche containing the coat of arms of the region and the privilege imprint.

The city of Charleroi was then situated in the Duchy. On the map it is  named Le Charnoÿ, located in the West.

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