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Gmunden - Braun & Hogenberg, 1598.
Antique map - View of Gmunden by Braun and Hogenberg, engraved by G. Hoefnagel after L. van Valkenborch, 1594.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Gmunden is a small town in the upper Archduchy of Austria, charmingly situated on a lake, where the Traun has its source. In Gmunden a very profitable trade is conducted in salt, which is mined from the surrounding mountains, packed into barrels and exported via the Traun and sold to great profit. For this they use small, long and narrow boats, which they roof over very skilfully with straw, so that the salt is not damaged by the rain. It is not possible to use bigger boats because of the rocks and trees posing obstacles in the Traun, which is also altogether very narrow."
Gmunden, which lies at the foot of Traunstein Mountain in the Austrian Salzkammergut region, is seen in cavalier perspective from the west shore of Lake Traunsee. Rising towards the rear of the town, which is laid out in somewhat schematic fashion, is the Gothic parish church, with further right the Gugelberg tower on top of Gugelberg hill. The fortress of Ort in the foreground, entirely surrounded by water, was constructed in the lake in the 10th century. Gmunden's advantageous location beside the outflow of the River Traun from Lake Traunsee meant that by the 11th century it was already an important point of salt transhipment. In the 13th century a turnpike was installed and the town fortified. Gmunden continued to gain in importance and wealth into the 15th century and was the frequent residence of Emperor Frederick III and Maximilian I. (Taschen)
Size: 34 x 49cm (13.3 x 19.1 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 1554; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.413.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 5. Köln, 1598.
Item number: 22105
Price: 500 Euro
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