Hafnia Hodierna, eller Udførlig beskrivelse om dem Kongelige-Residentz- og Hoved-Stad Kiøbenhavn.
by THURAH, Laurids de.
Engraved frontis. & 110 finely engraved plates (Plate IV is a long folding view of the city) and engraved head- & tail-pieces at the beginnings & ends of chapters. 7 p.l., 368 pp. Thick large 4to, a handsome Danish "mirror" binding of cont. calf with a mottled central panel surrounded by lighter frames, sides decorated in blind, gilt fillets round sides, spine finely gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Copenhagen: E.H. Berling, 1748. First edition of the best architectural description of Copenhagen of the 18th century. It is important to remember than many of the buildings described and illustrated here were destroyed during the British bombardment of the city in early September 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. Thurah (1706-59), 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. Copenhagen in the 18th century experienced a construction boom, and enjoyed the happy combination of royal builders with broad views and daring thought and highly gifted private architects. The plates depict many of the buildings constructed in the first half of the century. The text is printed in Danish, French, and German in parallel columns. An uncommonly fine copy in a most handsome "mirror" binding which was a popular style in Denmark in the 18th century. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5150)
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