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Abraham Ortelius: Leodiensis Dioecesis Typus

Map: BELUX854
 
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
Title: Leodiensis Dioecesis Typus
Date: 1592
Published: Antwerp
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 16 inches / 41 cm
Map ref: BELUX854
Description:
Splendid Dutch Golden Age map of the Diocese of Li├Ęge. Latin descriptive text on verso. Original hand-colour.

For almost a millennium the Diocese of Liege was ruled over the Prince-Bishop of Liege, a member of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1795 it was annexed by France and briefly became a republic before joining Belgium in 1830. Major cities include Liege and Maastricht. In his atlas Ortelius describes the region thus:

"It is a region exceedingly pleasant and fertile of all things, especially in the Northern part, where it joins Brabant. For there, it abounds with corn and all kinds of fruits, and in some places it yields wine. But on its Southern frontiers towards Luxemburg and France, it is somewhat more barren, mountainous and covered with woods."

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