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These detailed engravings are from the historic work Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna. In 1660, Erik Dahlberg, the most important figure in creating the work, began the momentous work after studying the fundamentals in draughtsmanship for several years. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded “royal privilege for his planned work on Sweden and its provinces.” On and off for the next 43 years of his life were spent illustrating and overseeing the creation of this comprehensive work. In addition to Dahlberg, there were many copper-engravers whose talents were employed including Jean Le Pautre, Jean Marot, Nicolas and Adam Perelle and F. Champion. Dahlberg's death in 1703 still did not see the finished product. In 1716, “The literary, scientific and cultural magnum opus, Suecia antiqua et hodierna ... a work of distinction from Sweden’s period as a great power,” was finally published. The informative illustrations of cities and important landmarks contained in this epic publication have allowed a window into the past of Sweden. They are on fine chain-linked, water-marked paper that measures ~ 18 1/2″ by 14 3/8″.
For in-depth detail about this work, please see the Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna Project by the National Library of Sweden, from which all information was collected for this description.
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