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A 16th century prospect of Odense
A 16th century prospect of OdenseBraun & Hogenberg.
Civitates Episcopalis Othenarum sive Otthoniae, ut vulgo Dicitur, Fioniae...
£600.00
Cologne, 1598. 325 x 475mm. Coloured. A map/view of Odense ('Odin's shrine') from the south, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum'.
According to Braun's commentary on the reverse: 'Odense is the capital of Funen, which is the loveliest and most fertile island in the Kingdom of Denmark. It is distinguished by magnificent buildings and splendid churches, of which the noblest is the basilica of the King of Denmark, St Canute. Within the city there is also a St John's monastery, but since all the monks have died, it now houses the royal town hall. The city has a large, wide market in which tribunals are also held and fish is sold'.
The 'Civitatis Orbis Terrarum' was the first methodical series of town plans, issued in six volumes between 1572 & 1617. The plans were collected from different sources, resulting in a wide range of artistic styles, and were engraved by Franz Hogenberg, with a text edited by Georg Braun. Designed as a sister publication to the Ortelius atlas, the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', it included many of the earliest extant plans of many places, including London.
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