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Antique maps > europe > central europe > Antique map of Hungary - Kosice by Braun & HogenbergCassovia superioris Hungariae civitas primaria - Braun & Hogenberg, 1617.
Bird's-eye view of Kosice by G. Hoefnagel after Egidius vander Rye, 1617.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Kosice is a large and well-fortified city in the Kingdom of Hungary. Situated on the borders to Transylvania on the Hernà¡d, the city is in a good position both for protecting the country and for craft trades and commerce. It is one of the most important strongholds in the whole kingdom and capable of soundly defeating even the most powerful ennemy. Although the city has suffered many battles and dangers, it has nonetheless always remained loyal to the most praiseworthy imperial house of Austria, even at the time when Stephen Bocskay seized not only Transylvania but also large parts of Hungary and was allowed to keep them with the permission of the Emperor."
Kosice is shown from the south on a hill above a suburb. The mighty cathedral of St Elizabeth rises up in the middle of the city. At the beginning of the 13th century, German colonists founded a commercial centre here, beside a Slavic settlement. In 1290 Kosice was one of the first towns in the Kingdom of Hungary to be granted a municipal charter. As an important trade centre, the city developed into the second-largest Hungarian city after Buda and prospered in the 14th/15th centuries. In 1657 the city received its own university. The Turkish Wars as well as internal unrest led to decline, so that Kosice had scarcely any economic importance in the 18th century. After the First World War the city passed to the newly founded state of Czechoslovakia, and became part of the Slovak Republic in 1993. With a population of around 235,000 it is the second-largest city in the country. (Taschen)
First edition: 1617
Size: 31 x 53.5cm (12.1 x 20.9 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Left and right margins stained, superb old colour.
Condition Rating: A
References: Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.477.
From: Theatri praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium Liber Sextus Anno MDCXVIII. (Koeman, B&H6)
Item number: 23436
Price: 1400 Euro
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