Amsterdam. J. Gole, 1686. Very large broadside (69.0 x 100.0 cm) consisting of two, vertically combined, sheets. Large, very detailed engraving. Printed surface 65.0 x 93.0 cm.
Finely engraved and unusually accurate and detailed view of De Dam (the Dam square) in the heart of Amsterdam, by the French-born Dutch architect, designer, and engraver Daniel [de] Marot (1661-1752). It depicts festivities related to a yearly fair centred on a parade by the city's civil guard. The names of the company captains are engraved in the inner side of a probably imaginary frieze or balcony, on a building on the south side of the square, east of Kalverstraat, from where Marot must have witnessed the event. The title translates as "Amsterdam’s Fair showing the Civic Guard presenting to the great honourable Lord and Mayors". Quite probably, the publisher, J. Gole, was related to Marot, as the latter was a nephew of the Dutch (later French) cabinet maker, Pierre Gole (ca. 1620-1684). A few skilful repairs. An extraordinary clean, complete copy, with the two parts, very well joined together. Hollstein 5; F.M. (Supplement) 2683A.