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Palanka Superioris Hungariae civitas. - Braun & Hogenberg, c. 1625.
Antique map - bird's-eye view of Drégelypalánk in Hungary by Braun and Hogenberg, after G. Hoefnagel. 1617.
CAPTION: Drégelypalánk, town in Upper Hungary.
CARTOUCHE: Procured by Georg Hoefnagel, who received it from another. In the year 1617.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "It seems that the name of this fortress comes from the fact that it has no special fortification other than a wooden palisade or fence; called planks by the Hungarians and the Germans. [...] The fortress itself has been occupied at times by the Turks and at other times by the Christians. The Turks had their robbers' den here up to the year 1593. When the Christians then conquered Fil'akovo, the Turks became afraid and abadoned not only Palanka, but also Dregel, Modrý Kamen, Zetschin and other small castles. [...] Not far from Palanka are two strong castles, which can also be seen in the plate below, namely Dregel and Novigrad."
The elevated view from the northeast over the River Ipoly shows the fortified village of Drégelypalánk with the 13th-cenury castle of Drégely. The village grew up under its protection, and passed into the possession of the archbisschop of Esztergom in 1438 together with the castle. After the occupation of Hungary by the Turks in 1526, the castle was one of the centres of the Hungarian opposition and was besieged in 1552. Around 150 Hungarians under the command of György Szondi defended the castle against 10,000 Turks. After four days the castle fell and all the defenders lost their lives. The castle was destroyed and was not rebuilt, which means that the plate printed by Braun must have been drawn before 1552. György Szondi is a Hungarian national hero, celebrated in many folk ballads, tales and legends. (Taschen)
Date of the first edition: 1617
Date of this map: c. 1625
Size: 33 x 44.5cm (12.9 x 17.4 inches)
Verso text: French
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3268; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.480.
From: Théatre des Principales Villes de tout l'Univers Vol. VI. c. 1625. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:3.6)
Item number: 14605
Price: 700 Euro
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