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Auction 161, Lot 569

"Dresden, on the Elbe Capital of Saxony, Residence of the Elector of Saxony King of Poland", Anon.

Subject: Dresden, Germany

Period: 1759 (published)

Publication: Universal Magazine

Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 10.4 inches
34 x 26.4 cm

This bird's-eye plan of Dresden was published in the supplement to the December 1759 issue of Universal Magazine, and accompanied an article on the city, with a focus on the treasures held within the Grünes Gewölb (Green Vault), a museum that holds the larges collection of treasures in Europe. Six months after this plan appeared in Universal Magazine, the city was unsuccessfully besieged by a Prussian force led by Frederick the Great. The plan shows the heavily fortified city, divided into the "Old Town" and the "New Town" by the Elbe River. A compass rose orients north to the top left.

References: Jolly #UNIV-87.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper, now flattened, with archival repairs to a few minor fold separations. There is light toning, minor extraneous creasing, and a binding trim at bottom right that has been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/8/2017