Antique print showing views of two castles in Sweden by Dahlbergh, c. 1707, from "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna." The upper image shows Skenas castle from the side, allowing us to appreciate the magnificent gardens. The view at the bottom shows Kongs Norby. I have been unable to locate these buildings to provide modern names, although both are mentioned in A New System of Geography published by A.F. Busching in 1762. According to Busching Skenas stood near the Braviken Bay . "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna" can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power. Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration was the topographical publications issued by the Swiss publisher Matthäus Merian. In 1661 Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans, which kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes containing 353 plates. Visible plate mark. Very good antique condition with some signs of age- minor spots/stains mostly in the margins. Measures approx. 12 x 16 to the page edges.
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