This is the title page of an early 19th century book entitled “The Magnificence of Amsterdam”
Text reads: “La Magnificience de la Ville d’Amsterdam, representee en tailles-douces.
A Leide, chez Pierre Vander Aa.”
Published in Leyden by Peter van der Aa.
Pierre Vander Aa, was a prominent Leyden mapmaker and publisher who was born in 1659 and died in 1733.
Full of fascinating allegories of Amsterdam during the Dutch golden age. Justice blindfolded, with a lion at her feet, holds a spear to the chest of a criminal. Figures fly through the sky, the sword of Cadeusus in hand.
Ships and cases of gold symbolize trade and the age of exploration.
Image measures around 9 X 11 inches
Full sheet measures 14.5 X 12.5 inches