1721. Lublin

  • Lublin

Map size in jpg-format: 31.6992MiB

Download "Lublin", in high resolution.

Lublin information:

Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 12262x7940 px
Disk Size: 
Number of pages: 

Print information. Print size (Width x height in inches):
Printing at 72 dpi 
  170.31 х 110.28
Printing at 150 dpi 
 81.75 х 52.93
Printing at 300 dpi 
 40.87 х 26.47

An example of detailing the file of this map of in a printable high-resolution:

Click to open in high resolution (open in new tab).
Attention! this is just the central piece (central area 960x960 px) of the map file!
This is an example, so that you can see and study the level of detail of a given map. The entire Map will be fully available after payment!


Rare engraved view of the city of Lubin in southwest Poland, published in Amsterdam, about 1721, by Covens & Mortier.

The view was originally engraved for Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum in 1617. The plate was eventually acquired by Jan Jansson, before going to Covens & Mortier. The central title cartouche was obliterated from the plate and replaced by the simple ribbon title, though evidence of the re-engraving can still be seen in the sky.

The coat of arms in the upper-right corner is that of the City of Lublin, featuring a billy goat climbing on vines. The lefthand coat of arms is the white eagle on a red field representing Poland.

Jewish History in Lublin

Lublin was one of Poland's most important Jewish communities from roughly the second half of the 16th century. Jews established a widely respected yeshiva, Jewish hospital, synagogue, cemetery, and education center (kahal) and built the Grodzka Gate (known as the Jewish Gate) in the historic district. Jews were a vital part of the city's life until the Holocaust, during which many were relocated to the infamous Lublin Ghetto and ultimately murdered.

The yeshiva became a center of learning of Talmud and Kabbalah, leading the city to be called "the Jewish Oxford." In 1567, the rosh yeshiva (headmaster) received the title of rector from the king along with rights and privileges equal to those of the heads of Polish universities.

Though it was published in 1721, this view represents the city circa 1617.

Johannes Covens (1697-1774) was a Dutch geographic publisher based in Amsterdam. He is best known for his collaboration with fellow publisher Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783). Pierre Mortier the Elder (1661-1711) had obtained a privilege in 1690 to distribute the works of French geographers in the Netherlands. After his widow continued the business for several years, Cornelis took over in 1719.

In 1721, Mortier forged a partnership with Covens, who had recently married Cornelis’ sister. They published under the joint name of Covens & Mortier. In 1774, upon the death of his father, Johannes Covens II (1722-1794) took over his father’s share. In 1778, the company changed its name to J. Covens & Zoon, or J. Covens & son.

Covens II’s son, Cornelis (1764-1825), later inherited the business and brought Petrus Mortier IV back into the fold. Petrus was the great-grandson of Petrus Mortier I. From 1794, the business was called Mortier, Covens & Zoon, or Mortier, Covens, & Son.

The business specialized in publishing French geographers including Deslisle, Jaillot, and Sanson. They also published atlases, for example a 1725 reissue of Frederik de Wit’s Atlas Major and an atlas, with additions, from the works of Guillaume Delisle. There were also Covens & Mortier pocket atlases and town atlases. The company profited from acquiring plates from other geographers as well. For example, the purchased Pieter van der Aa’s plates in 1730. Finally, they also compiled a few maps in house. At their height, they had the largest collection of geographic prints ever assembled in Amsterdam.

Special conditions for students!

If you are a student, write to us in telegram: @antiquemaps and indicate what material you need and for what work you need a map in high detail. We are ready to provide material on special terms. For students only!

Item information:

Year of creation:
12262x7940 px
Number of pages:
Johannes Covens. Cornelis Mortier.

Related item