Joan Blaeu (c.1598-1673) and Claes Janszoon Visscher (1586/7-1652)
Lugdunum Batavorum Hollandiae Celeberrimum Et Academia Florentissima. Amsterdam: J. Blaeu, . 590 x 2120mm. Hand-coloured engraved panorama of Leiden after Claude Rivet, on 4 numbered sheets joined, with woodcut inscription above on 6 strips joined, and letterpress text below comprising a description of Leiden in Dutch, Latin and French, in 18 numbered columns on 6 sheets, two bearing Visscher's imprints, one dated 1650, the arms of Holland and Leiden in the upper corners, with 'Leyden' in central ribbon cartouche, Visscher's dedication to the Leiden magistrates in cartouche lower left, with Blaeu's imprint below, the whole laid down on wood. (Areas of neat restoration, including a repaired vertical tear to plate I, with areas of loss to the Latin text.)
A MAGNIFICENT PANORAMA OF LEIDEN. The second state, by Visscher, in collaboration with Joan Blaeu. Based on the pen drawing of Leiden made by Claude Rivet in 1640, this printed panorama first appeared in 1647, produced by Jacobus Savary. A leading centre of education, following the foundation of its university in 1575, and an important art centre in the 17th century, Leiden's landmarks shown here include the Pieterskerk, church of St Pancras, or Hooglandse Kerk, the Stadhuis and a reminder of Leiden's 10th-century origins, 'den burgh', a mound first built on the settlement and island where two branches of the Rhine meet. Van 't Hoff, no. 4.