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Description:This large original copper-plate engraved antique map of of the ancient region of Vittalia, Smaland in Southern Sweden by Johannes van den Aveelen was published in the 1709 - dated at the foot of the map - edition of Erik Dahlbergh's Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna (Ancient and Modern Sweden). Erik Dahlbergh. Smaland is a province in southern Sweden. Smaland borders Scania, Blekinge, Halland, Västergötland, Östergötland and the island Öland in the Baltic Sea.
Background: Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna (ancient and modern Sweden) is a collection of engravings collected by Erik Dahlbergh during the middle of the 17th century. Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power. Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration was the topographical publications issued by the Swiss publisher Matthäus Merian. In 1661 Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans, which kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes containing 353 plates.
Jan van den Aveele or Aveelen (1650 - 1727) was a Dutch etcher and copper engraver. With compatriot Willem Swidde, he made engravings for Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna ("Ancient and Modern Sweden") including depictions of public buildings and city scapes in Stockholm and other Swedish cities. (Ref Tooley M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 16 1/2in x 12 1/2in (420mm x 315mm) Plate size: - 13in x 10in (330mm x 255mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None