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Description: Topographical and historical description of the Low Countries by the famous publishing house of Christoff Riegel, with 120 engraved views and plans

[RIEGEL, Christoph].
Ausführliche und Grundrichtige Beschreibung der Freyvereinigten Staaten und Spannischen Niederlanden, in gewisse und sonderbare XVII Länder abgetheilet.

[Nuremberg], Frankfurt and Leipzig, Christoph Riegel, 1691. 12mo. Contemporary vellum, manuscript spine-title, red edges. With a double-page engraved frontispiece and 120 full-page engraved city views and plans of cities and fortifications (ca. 6 x 11 cm). [8], 1078, [8], [2 blank] pp.

First edition of a topographical and historical description of the Low Countries. Part of a series of independently published descriptions of countries and regions in Europe by the famous publishing house of Christoph Riegel in Nuremberg with branches in Frankfurt and Leipzig. All volumes are illustrated with the well-known "Riegel views and plans".
The "accuraten Land-Carte", mentioned on the title-page is not present, as in all copies we could trace. This very rare map was separately published in the same year as "Land-Karte der XVII niederländischen Provinzien". Van der Heijden quotes Prof. Stopp: "Die Karte von Riegel erschien zwar auch selbständig, sie wurde aber paralell zu einem Buch von ihm verkauft, dem sie wegen des kleinen Formarts des Buches nie beigebunden wurde". Our copy is therefore complete.

With a small library stamp on the recto and verso of the title-page; the usual browning, otherwise in good condition.
VD 17, 39:107693D; WorldCat (9 copies); cf. Van der Heijden, Oude kaarten der Nederlanden, map 191; not in Jordan.
  • Number: 1060256 (C8KEG0BSWTTH)
  • Dealer: Robert Putman