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Diversi Dithmarsorum et vicinarum gentium habitus - Braun & Hogenberg, 1596/97.
Regional costumes from Dithmarschen.
TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: Various costumes from Dithmarschen and the surrounding area.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Dithmarschen is a region bordering on Holstein; it takes his name from its own dialect. For as it is not forested like Holstein but is wet and boggy, it is called Dithmarschen after its marshes, namely its swamps, bogs and wetlands."
The plate with its three rows of costumed figures, complements the information on the history of Dithmarschen that is given in Braun's text. The peasant's republic of Dithmarschen lay in Schleswig-Holstein between the North Sea, the Elbe and Eider Rivers. In 1447 Dithmarschen's law was drawn up and the region became an independent, prosperous state. Its fertile marshlands were protected from flooding by dikes, and the peasants farming the land developed a pronounced sense of separate identity, bolstered by the fact that numerous attempts to conquer their territory failed. Not until 1559 was Dithmarschen conquered and divided up between the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp, the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Hadersleben and the King of Denmark. The costumed figures illustrate, from left to right, armed men, married and unmarried women from Dithmarschen and married and unmarried women from Eiderstedt, followed by dress styles from Eiderstedt, Ockholm, Nordstrand and Haderstedt and finally by costumes from the Islands of Föhr, Sildia and Stapelholm. (Taschen)
Size: 36.5 x 50cm (14.2 x 19.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 5044; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.421.
From: Urbium Praeipuarum Mundi Theatrum Quintum Auctore Georgio Braunio Agrippinate. Part 5. Köln, 1598. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.5)
Item number: 24169
Price: 780 Euro
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