January 14, 2011

Stedenboek

This just in from the greg.org Department of Stunningly Beautiful Digitized Maps of The Netherlands:

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Bibliodyssey has some highlights from the National Library of the Netherlands' fresh upload one of the rarest and most beautiful atlases in history, mid-17th century Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit's Stedenboek, or Book of Cities.

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Who knew that the Dutch had such a long, rich, aesthetically awesome history of defense-related polygonal alterations of the urban landscape?

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At least maybe now we have some idea where that crazy camo blob in Nordwijk came from:

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Stedenboek [kb.nl]
Dutch City Atlas [bibliodyssey]

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