Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733), after David Loggan (1634–1692)

Cambridge from the East (1727)



12 x 16 cm

An eighteenth-century view of Cambridge from the East, engraved by Pieter van der Aa after David Loggan, the noted engraver, draughtsman, and painter who specialised in engravings of Oxford and Cambridge. A wide Cambridgeshire sky opens out over the harvest scene; in the background, the spires of the city’s skyline are numbered, and identified below. A fascinating engraving which muses on the relationship between the city and its University.

Pieter van der Aa of Leiden was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases, though he also printed editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated volumes. He is noted for the many engravings he produced after David Loggan’s series of Oxford and Cambridge colleges and costumes. In 1727 Van Der Aa illustrated “Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne & de L’Irelande” by James Beeverell, the book in which this engraving appears.

Condition: generally very good.

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