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Castanowiz Croatiae Propugnaculum - Braun & Hogenberg, 1618.
Antique map - bird's-eye view of Kostajnica in Croatia in by Braun and Hogenberg after G. Hoefnagel.
CAPTION: Kostajnica, fortress in Croatia
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "After the Turks had held Kostajnica for two years and longer, it was recaptured in 1594 together with the area around Petrinja by the governor of Croatia, Mr Lenckowitz, captain-general under Archduke Maximilian. [...] And the Pasha of Bosnia immediately gathered a stronger army to attack and destroy not only the fortress but also the camp of the Christians. [...] One cannot hope enough that the Christians will bury all hatred, dissension and enmity among themselves so that they may tear as many lovely kingdoms, lands and cities as possible from the jaws of this barbaric enemy, and above all deliver many thousands of sould from oppression."
This is a view from the south of the village with its watchtower and church, in the setting of an idyllic rural wine-growing area. The village lies on the north bank of the Una, on either side of the road that crosses the river. Crescent flags are flying over the fortress on the far right and over the castle on the island built by the Croation noble family of the Frankopans, showing that we are in an Ottoman-occupied area. The episode referred to by Braun was one of the many conflicts in the border area. Kostajnica (German Castanowitz) was in the hands of the Turks from 1556 to 1687. Today this little town lies on the border with Bosnia and is called Hrvatska Kostajnica, to distinguish it from Bosanka Kostajnica, which is south of the river in Bosnia. (Taschen)
Date of the first edition: 1617
Date of this map: 1618
Size: 33 x 45cm (12.9 x 17.6 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Excellent, superb old colour.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2145; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p. 481.
From: Theatri praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium Liber Sextus Anno MDCXVIII. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.6)
Item number: 23444
Price: 800 Euro
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