Catalog Archive
Auction 155, Lot 460

"Delineatio Geometrica Urbis Haffniae Daniae Regum...", Pufendorf, Samuel, Baron von

Subject: Copenhagen, Denmark

Period: 1697 (published)

Publication: Histoire du Regne de Charles Gustave, Roy de Suede

Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 11.4 inches
37.3 x 29 cm

This handsome bird's-eye plan is from Pufendorf's chronicle on the Northern Wars and military campaigns of Sweden's King Charles X. This plan depicts one of the important forts defending Copenhagen during the Siege of Copenhagen, the first incident of the Dano-Swedish War in 1658. On August 11, 1658, King Charles X attacked Copenhagen but found that the Danes were well prepared to defend the city. The Swedish King decided to lay siege on the city and prevent it from receiving reinforcements or supplies, rather than continue the attack. However the Dutch had made a pledge in 1649 to defend the Danes from attack, and on October 29, 1658, a fleet of 45 Dutch ships advanced upon the Swedish ships anchored in Copenhagen's harbor and began firing. The Swedes were defeated and the Dutch ships brought reinforcements to Copenhagen. This engraving depicts the Danish navy filling the sea with numerous locations identified with a numbered key at top left and a lettered key in the title cartouche. The map is adorned with a compass rose orienting north to the bottom left of the sheet. Engraved by D. Lapointe.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUF-1b.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with faint toning and a small abrasion in the sea at right, with a minor amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 11/18/2015