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Old antique bird's-eye view plan of Staden, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

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Staden. - Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, c. 1610.


Old map - bird's-eye view plan of Staden, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Alter, antiker Stadtplan in der Vogelschau von Stade, von Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Date of the first edition: 1596
Date of this map: c. 1610

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 39 x 50.5cm (15.2 x 19.7 inches)
Verso text: French
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, #4070; Fauser, #13256; Taschen, Br. Hog., p.392.

From: Théâtre des Principales Villes de tout l'Univers. Tome 5. c. 1610.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "The location of the town is not bad: it has healthy air and a convenient harbour that allows long-distance trade. It has richly populated suburbs, and outside the town magnificent, beautifully situated estates and gardens, as wel as a higher court, whose visible signs, namely gallows and wheels, were displayed on one side of the town on the bank of the Elbe and one on the other side on the hill in front of the large gate, the first to punish pirates and the second to punish other wrongdoers."

Stade is seen in bird's-eye view from the west, looking across the Elbe marshes towards the River Elbe itself, which due to the elevated angle appears relatively near but which is in fact some 4 km distant. The Schwinge River flows around the town and - in combination with the moat and the ramparts - formed part of Stade's defences. The harbour was built around 1000, and after Emperor Otto IV granted the town its charter in 1209, Stade joined the Hanseatic League. Stade possessed the right to pass the death sentence, i.e. the right to carry out mutilations and executions, as evidenced top left by the gallows standing at the confluence of the Schwinge with the Elbe. In 1659 some two-thirds of the town burned down, so that the present map now possesses a historical character. (Taschen)

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