1580 – G. Braun & F. Hogenberg – Dantzigt
A stunning panoramic view of Gdansk (Danzig) in Poland. Gdansk is shown in a view from Gradowa Hill (Hegelsberg) from the direction of the Gulf of Gdansk and the mouth of the Vistula. In the foreground the staffage figures demonstrate the rich clothing of the burghers, peasants, maids and ships on the Baltic Sea the showing the wealth of this trade city. The church of St Mary ( Die Phare Kirch, or parish church) can be identified, the biggest red-brick church in the world, which can accommodate 25,000 people. To the right of it rises the tower of the Gothic town hall.
TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Gedanum, Krantio, in the native Vendish dialect Gdanum, commonly, but corruptedly, Dantiscum, in German Danzig. Prosperous city in Prussia and well-known trading port. With this topographical map, painted at his expense, the famous and singular patron of learned men Dr Adam Wachendorff, wise and faithful secretary of the Hanseatic League in London, kindly contributed a magnificent adornment for our work.
Published in Braun & Hogenberge’s “Civitatus Orbis Terrarum”, the most influential book of town views from the 16th Century.
Engraving size: 33 x 48,5 cm
Frame size: 59 x 74,5 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Excellent condition with beautiful original coloring! Map is professionally framed (wooden frame) and was not examined out of frame (can be send unframed).
This is a genuine antique map published in 1580 and not a modern copy or reprint!