Arend van Slichtenhorst (1616-1657)
Map and Birds Eye View
Original antique copper engraving
25 x 35 cm
1654, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Published by Jacob van Biesen
Book: Geldersse Geschiedenissen, by Arend van Slichtenhorst printed by Jacob van Biesen, Arnhem 1654.
Arend van Slichtenhorst was born in Nijkerk, where he also passed away. He studied in Harderwijk, Franeker and probaby in Leiden. Afterwards he traveled in France. When he returned he went to Arnhem and where he practised as a lawyer.
But mainly he was a historian researcher. His famous topographical maps of cities mostly also have a bird eye's view. Like the one in our collection of the city of Nijmegen.
Van Slichtenhorst also was a poet, however not many of his poems are left.
The website of the Rijksmusem has published the tiotle of the book of 'Gelderse Geschiedeniisen', history of Gelderland, by Pontanus.
Arend van Slichtenhorst translated, researched and edited a great part of the book. His name is mentioned on the title page, as well as the name of the publisher Jacob van Biesen.