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Colding Schloss und Stat - Braun & Hogenberg, 1596.
Antique map - bird's eye view of Kolding by Braun and Hogenberg..
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Kolding is a very old and charmingly situated little town with a castle in Denmark [...] that lies on the border between the Kingdom of Denmark and the Duchy of Schleswig. [...] The town started out as a few fishermen's huts; over the course of time these were joined by houses built by merchants, who settled here on account of the excellent harbour and easy access to the sea and whose numbers so increased that eventually a municipalty formed with its own charter and civic rights. On the hill from which the little town takes its name lies a castle called Adlerburg, which can be easily seen from a great distance."
The port of Kolding on the Danish Jutland Peninsula is seen in cavalier perspective from the south. The shore of Kolding Fjord can be seen on the right-hand edge of the picture and in the background the royal palace of Koldinghus (A), which dates back to the mid-13th century and was originally built as a fortress to defend the border. Kolding sprang up in the 12th century as a trading centre with sheltered access to the sea. With the separation of the neighbouring Duchy of Schleswig from the Kingdom of Denmark in the 13th century, Kolding assumed greater importance as a frontier town and in 1321 was finally granted its charter. Koldinghus palace was frequently inhabited by the Danish royal family in the Middle Ages, before Copenhagen was finally established as the central royal residence in 1417. Kolding itself was long overshadowed by the neighbouring town of Haderslev and later also by Fredericia.
The engraving is made after a drawing provided by Heinrich Rantzau. In Braun's text explicit mention is made of the fact that the view came from the sudy of the produx cimbricus, i.e. Rantzau. (Taschen)
Date of the first edition: 1696
Date of this map: 1596
Size: 35.5 x 48cm (13.8 x 18.7 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2089, State 1; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.383.
From: Urbium Praecipuarum Mundi Theatrum Quintum Auctore Georgio Braunio Agrippinate. Part 5. Köln, 1596/97. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.5)
Item number: 22083
Price: 420 Euro
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