North Holland

  • Author: Jodocus & Sons Hondius
  • Date: 1636
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 17 3/4" x 21 5/8" platemark
  • Centimeters: 54.7 x 45.2 platemark
  • Price: $1,200.00

Published in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius, 1636. Henricus Hondius was a member of the great map-making firm Jodocus Hondius & Sons, Amsterdam, which helped establish Amsterdam as the center of 17th century European cartography.

This striking, though untitled, map presents the biggest part of the province of Noord Holland. The city of Amsterdam is on the extreme left edge of the map.

For most of its history, the modern-day province of North Holland was an integral part of Holland. From the 9th century to the 16th century, Holland was a county ruled by the counts of Holland. During this period an area known as West Friesland (now part of North Holland) was conquered and integrated into Holland. For centuries afterwards Holland would be officially called "Holland and West Friesland". The people of West Friesland had (and still have) a strong sense of identity as a region within Holland (and later North Holland).

From the 16th century to 1795, Holland was the wealthiest and most important province in the United Provinces in the Dutch Republic and dominated the union. During this period a distinction was sometimes made between the "North Quarter" (Noorderkwartier) and the "South Quarter" (Zuiderkwartier), areas that roughly correspond to the two modern provinces.
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