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Georg Braun  &  Franz Hogenberg:  Vera Designatio Urbis In Littavia Grodnae

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Title: Vera Designatio Urbis In Littavia Grodnae

Map Maker: Georg Braun  &   Franz Hogenberg

Place / Date: Cologne / 1575 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 12 x 19 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,100.00

Inventory ID: 50721mp2


Important early view of Grodno, Belarus, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.

The engraving shows a view of the city from the far side of the Memel. Russian, Tatar, Turkish and Wallachian envoys are crossing the wooden bridge and entering the city in which King Sigismund II held an Imperial Diet in 1562. The earliest document in which Grodno is mentioned dates from 1128. In 1391 it was granted a municipal charter by Prince Vytautas and it quickly rose to prosperity following the victory over the Teutonic Knights in the battle of Tannenberg in 1410; Orthodox (right) and Roman Catholic (left) churches were built, and three castles (left). Grodno, today known as Hrodna, has a population of 317,000, is the fifth-largest city in Belarus and shares a border with Lithuania and Poland. 

Condition Description: Old color. Some offsetting.

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