Omstændelig og tilforladelig Beskrivelse over den i Øster-Søen liggende, under det kongelige Danske Herredømme blomstrende navnkundige Øe Bornholm, og den ei langt derfra anlagde fortreffelige Fæstning Christiansøe...
by [THURAH, Laurids de].
31 finely engraved plates (incl. 9 & 9a, many folding, & including several maps), engraved head- & tail-pieces, and engravings in the text. 4 p.l., 288,  pp. Thick large 4to, a handsome Danish "mirror" binding of cont. calf with a dark central panel surrounded by lighter frames, sides decorated in blind, gilt fillets round sides, spine finely gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Copenhagen: N. Møller, 1756. [bound with]:[--]. Omstændelig og tilforladelig Beskrivelse af Øen Samøe, og de derunder hørende smaae Øer... Engraved vignette on title & five engraved plates (one a map, several folding). 1 p.l., 92 pp. Large 4to. Copenhagen: N. Møller, 1758. [bound with]:[--]. Omstaendelig og Tilforladelig Beskrivelse over den liden Øe Amager, og den, ei langt derfra situerede endnu mindre Øe Saltholm. Five engraved plates (one a map, several folding). First edition of this monumental but unfinished description of the most notable antiquities (including runes, etc.), buildings, and topographical features of Denmark. Thurah (1706-59), following his retirement about 1750, planned a great survey of Denmark but died before he could finish. These volumes, all that were published of the survey, are concerned with the Danish islands Bornholm, Christiansoe, Amager, Saltholm, and Samsoe. Thurah was "the most significant representative of late baroque architecture in Denmark...after cadet studies in Copenhagen, he received instruction as an officer and military engineer in 1725-1727, studies that also embraced architectural training. Travels to Germany Italy, France, Holland and England further broadened his horizons. Shortly after his return to Denmark, he received the appointment of royal architect and went on to enjoy a distinguished and prolific architectural career."-Beasley et al., Millard Architectural Collection, Volume III, Northern European Books, pp. 38-39. An uncommonly fine copy in a most handsome "mirror" binding which was a popular style in Denmark in the 18th century. The folding map in the second volume has a tear carefully repaired. Rare when complete. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5151)
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