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DE WIT, F. - ? Kremlenagrad Castellum Urbis Moskuae.
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? Kremlenagrad Castellum Urbis Moskuae. - DE WIT, F.
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Title : ? Kremlenagrad Castellum Urbis Moskuae..
Map maker : DE WIT, F..
Date : Amsterdam, ca. 1694.
Size : 18.7 x 19.1 inches. / 47.5 x 48.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.
Description :Detailed bird's-eye view of the Kremlin from Frederick de Wit's rare town book. With a key (1-20) to important spots in town.
Frederick de Wit published after 1694 a town book of European and Asian cities (Theatrum Praecipuarum Totius Europae?) composed of 132 plans and views, mainly printed from the plates obtained from Janssonius. The date of publication is uncertain, but must be after 1694 when he bought the stock of copper plates from Janssonius. He also published in or after 1698 two editions of a town book of the Netherlands with 124 plans and views.
Usually F. de Wit added his address "F.de Wit Excudit Amstelodami" and a scale border, when not originally added. This plate is printed from a Janssonius plate but has no address added, and has a blank verso.
His widow continued the business after his death, but in 1710 the stock was sold to Coven & Mortier, who on his turn sold the stock to Pieter van der Aa of Leiden, who used the plates to print his multi-volume work, "La galérie agréable du Monde".
The map shows exceptional detail inside the heart of Moscow's inner walled fortress and the Kitai Gorod or Fortified City.
The name Kremlin first appeared as Kreml' (or High Town) in an account of the fire in the town in 1331. It was founded in 1147 at the junction of two rivers, the Moskva and the Neglinnaya. As Moscow grew, the Kremlin became the royal, religious and secular heart of the city. ¤
Condition : Repair of split lower half center fold. Repair of small horizontal tear in upper part center fold, just under the title cartouche.
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