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Russia - Königsberg - 17th Century Fortress Plan

German Fortress Plan - 17th Century

 

Russia - Königsberg, Regiomontis Borufsine Urbis Nouae munitiones, with the profile of the new works. Engraving by La Pointe dated 1697.
Was the capital of eastern Prussia from the Late Middle Ages until 1945. It was founded by the Teutonic Knights just south of the Sambian peninsula in the year 1255 AD during the Northern Crusades and named for King (German:König) Ottokar II of Bohemia. The city successively became the capital of their monastic state, the Duchy of Prussia, and East Prussia.

The Baltic port developed into a German cultural center, being the residence of, among others, Richard Wagner, Immanuel Kant, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and David Hilbert. Königsberg was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in 1944 during World War II and was subsequently conquered by the Red Army after the Battle of Königsberg in 1945. The city was annexed by the Soviet Union according to the Potsdam Agreement and largely repopulated with Russians, it was renamed Kaliningrad in 1946 after Soviet leader Mikhail Kalinin.

Author: Baron Samuel von Pufendorf 1632 - 1694- Histoire du regne de Charles Gustave, roy de Suede. Engraved by François de La Pointe dated 1697. Entitled: Situs Ahlborger Fjiodt vtet fortality Danici prope Hals in venfusel quod a Suecis occu patum fuit mense Septembr An. 1657.

Publication title: Samuelis Liberi Baronis de Pufendorf De Rebus A Carolo Gustavo Sueciæ Rege Gestis Commentariorum Libri Septem Elegantissimis Tabulis Æneis Exornati Cum Triplici Indice.

Content: One plate is a portrait of King Karl. Most show scenes of battle or fortresses; some are plans; one shows a banquet (pl. 75).

Most plates are signed as drawn by Erich Iönson Dahlberg(h), and as engraved by J. Boulanger, Willem Swidde, L. Cordier, Richer, F. de La Pointe, I. (Le) Potre (Pautre) (probably Jean Le Pautre), Noel Cochin, D. Perelle, I. Perelle, N. Perelle or A. Perelle.

Subjects: Rulers - Monarchs - Sweden - History - 17th century
Sweden - Foreign relations - Wars - Siege warfare - Fortification - Battles - Naval battles - Poland - Denmark - 17th century
Biography - Views - Plans - Germany - 17th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 17th century.
Bibl. Royal Academy of Arts

Decorative plan of two fortified locations along the fjord, including Hals. The Baltic features sailing ships and a compass rose. Plain title cartouche and elaborate frame borders. A view from Pufendorf's chronicle on The Northern Wars and military campaigns of Sweden's King Charles X.

Condition: Good imprint, generous margins with minor discolouration.

Title: An antique map of Königsberg
Medium: Copperplate engraving. Image Size: 250 x 315mm ,10 x 12.5". approx.
Order No. 1971 Price: £85.00 Paper Size: 340 x 400mm, 13.5 x 14.75 " approx.
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Biography:

François de La Pointe fl. 1666 - 1690.

French 17th century engraver and artist.

Other works by La Pointe

17th century antique plan of Königsberg

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