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Creating Philip II’s Vision: Urbs and Civitas in the Town Maps of Jacob van Deventer (1558–1575) (2021)


In the middle of the sixteenth century, in Mechelen, Jacob van Deventer began an enterprise of epic proportions: to draw maps of all the towns and cities in the Low Countries and bring them together in an atlas. Made at the request of Philip II of Spain, these maps are generally considered to have been intended as military documents. A close analysis of the strategies of representation developed by van Deventer for his maps suggests that his mapping should be read as a vision of the Low Countries that was influenced more by political than by military interests.

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Berkel, Klaas van
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Palm, Lodewijk C.
Roberts, Lissa Louise
Kragh, Helge S.
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HES and De Graaf Publishers
British Library
Princeton University Press
Maps; atlases
Science and politics
Urban history
Science and art
Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
Blaeu, Joan
Mercator, Gerardus
Hoefnagel, Joris
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