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Old antique map with two views of Copenhagen, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

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Hafnia vulgo Kopenhagen. - Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, 1590.


Old, antique map with two views of Copenhagen, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION CENTRE: Hafnia, commonly known as Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, a remarkable sight in land and water. In the year 1578.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Copenhagen, a capital in Denmark, situated on the coast of Zealand, is built on a plain in such a way that the sea comes up to it from sunrise in winter to sunset in winter. Next to it is an island called Amager, which provides the city with an excellent and renowned harbour, for it stretches to the east for a distance of about four stadia, that is about half a mile, into the Baltic Sea and breaks the violence and tempestuousness of the sea with its shallows and its sandy bottom."

The double view from the land and from the sea clearly depicts the city as a port and centre of trade. Copenhagen was granted a municipal charter in 1254. The two fixed points in the view towards the northeast - looking across the "merchants' harbour" to the province of Scania on the other side of the Øresund - are the church of Our Lady on the left, and the castle on the right, which was built on the site of the castle destroyed together with the city in 1369. In 1416 this port on the coast of Zealand became the residence of the Danish king. The conditions were thus ideal for the city's steady rise to become a commercial metropolis. Below, from the opposite direction, is a view from the sound of the ships lying at anchor, of the harbour and the city behind it with its counting houses. The offshore islands are an indication of the city's sheltered position. (Taschen)

Date of the first edition: 1588
Date of this map: 1590

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 36.5 x 42cm (14.2 x 16.3 inches)
Verso text: German
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2069 State 1; Fauser, #6865; Taschen, Br. Hog., p.301.

From: Contrafactur und Beschreibung von den vornembsten Stetten der Welt. Liber quartus Köln, Bertram Büchholtz, 1590. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:2.1)

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