Denmark – Danorum Marca, vel Cimbricum, aut Daniae Regnum…

by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg

Only land map in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum!



Date of first edition: 1588

Date of this edition: 1588

Dimensions (not including margins): 38,5 x 46,5 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 43 x 56 cm

Condition: very good. Sharp copper engraving printed on paper. Old coloured. Slight browning. Professional repair at centrefold. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A

Map reference:  Van der Krogt 4, 2069. Taschen, Br. Hog., p. 302

From: Urbium praecipuarum totius mundi, liber quartus, first edition 1588. Koeman, B&H4

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Denmark… by Hogenberg!

This map is unique in the atlas. It is the only real geographical map in a work expressly intended as a towny atlas. The map shows that present-day southern Sweden was originally Danish until it passed to Sweden in 1658.

Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg’s map of Denmark, the first printed map of Denmark based upon Danish sources.

Drawn by Marcus Jordan at the request of Duke Heinrich Rantzau, viceroy of Schleswig-Holstein. This map of Denmark is the only map which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg’s landmark book of city views, Civitates Orbis Terrarum, one of the most expensive and important books of the 16th Century. It is the only real geographical map in a work that is expressly intended as a city atlas. The editors offer it as an overview of the cities that are presented subsequently.

They include Denmark, Schleiswig-Holstein, Zelandia and the southern part of Sweden, which was part of Denmark until 1658. Drawn by Marcus Jordan, the map is dedicated to Count Heinrich von Rantzau, the Danish governor in Schleswig-Holstein, and includes his coat of arms flanked by Athena and Ares in the lower right-hand corner. Ranztau was an acquaintance of Georg Braun and provided him with a large number of documents with views of the northern cities.

This finely engraved map is embellished with Sea Monsters, a sailing ship, coat of arms, and an allegorical scene suggesting Denmark’s importance in exploration and military strength.

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