A bound set of 98 numbered etchings printed two to a page providing an itinerary from Utrecht to the sea by boat, with an engraved title-plate by A. van der Laan after A. de Lairesse, a full-page engraved map of the river, a map of Utrecht, 14 pages of explanatory text, and 35 pages of poetry about the river. Hollstein XVIII, 55; Springer p.47
First edition as published by Nicolas Visscher in 1719 in Amsterdam (there was a second edition in the same year, as well as a 1791 edition, with some minor changes in certain plates in both issues). Bound in red sheepskin covered with marbled paper, 19th Century.
Watermark: Strasbourg Lily and Arms of Amsterdam and their countermarks
Very fine impressions with guide-lines showing in the inscriptions. Generally good condition, full description available. 415 x 267mm.
Stoopendaal drew the prosperous houses and gardens of the Vecht from nature, often both from the river (or the opposite bank) and from the interior of the grounds and gardens. The book constitutes an itinerary beginning in Utrecht and ending in Muyden, like a pleasure-trip by boat, accompanied by a lyrical text. Plate 49 depicts one of the three visits of Czar Peter the Great to the estate of Antoni van Hoek, Ouderhoek, in 1717. A superb and precise record of the architecture and landscape gardening of the Golden Age in this region.