6404. Dahlberg's Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna c. 1660-1718

DAHLBERG, ERIK. Suecia antiqua et hodierna. I-III + Index. About 1660-1718.

Oblong folio (c. 400x510 mm). 354 engraved plates (including the extra plate Templum Ulricae Eleonorae). Title, text and all plates cut to platemark and inset in later (19th century) paper with wide margins. Fine impressions. With 13-page index at the end.
Early 19th century light brown richly gilt decorated full calf binding, inner gilt dentelles, slightly worn, joints restored in the 20th century, rebacked with old spine mounted, richly gilt slightly faded spine in compartments with gilt title. Bookplate of Lennart Holmström.

Collijn, Sveriges Bibliografi, 1600-talet, col. 197. Berlin Kat. 1, 2256; Brunet V 578; Lipperheide 1037; Klemming, Ur en antecknares samlingar, Uppsala 1880-82, pp. 165-8. Sten G. Lindberg, Swedish Books, 37.

One of the most important topographical and architectural works on Sweden by the architect and military engineer Erik Dahlberg. This magnificient work is illustrated with amongs others 3 titles, portraits of kings Charles XI and XII, author's portrait by S. Blesendorff, maps (i.a. "Veteris orbis arctoi typus" and "Nova et accurata orbis arctoi tabula geographica"), coat-of-arms of Sweden, views of monuments, settlements, manors, fortifications, cities (Stockholm, Uppsala), castles, gardens, ancient relics, etc. 
During his military service and studies in Germany, Erik Dahlberg (1625­1703) became acquainted with Matthaeus Merian the younger, the publisher of "Theatrum Europaeum" and the "Topographies". On his return to Sweden in 1661, Dahlberg obtained a privilege from the Government to make drawings for a similar publication. The engravings for this work were executed from these drawings by a total of 18 artists except for a few, which were based on drawings by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl and Elias Brenner.
The project began in 1667 and the plates were engraved by many contemporary well-known European artists, Jean Marot, A. Perelle, Joh. Jacob von Sandrart, Lepautre, Dionysius Padtbrugge, E. Reitz, W. Swidde, J. van Aveelen, etc.