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Danske Atlas

It can be proudly announced that the unique work "Danske Atlas" has been purchased recently and included among the other source material to this site. This very rare work provides the first comprehensive historical and topographical record of Denmark as it existed in the mid 1700’s.  It is lavishly illustrated by fine copper engravings of Danish cities and towns, castles, houses, gardens and agricultural landscapes and was issued in 7 volumes during the period 1763-1781.  It was at the time well researched through interviews with citizens of each city and town included in the work.
Erik Pontoppidan (1698-1764) was a prelate and Bishop of Bergen, Norway from 1748 to 1754 and the chancellor of the University of Copenhagen.  He was widely published and was a scholar in the subjects of history, economy, education, religion and natural history. Included in “Den Danske Atlas…” were a number of illustrations by Johan Jacob Bruun (1715-1789) who had aspired to publish his own pictorial atlas of Danish towns but lacked the financial resources to do so.  Upon Pontoppidan’s death in 1764, the work was finished by Hans de Hofman. The work is a marvelous and very rare pictorial snapshot of a bygone era, with all its charm.  Amazingly, some of the very same buildings portrayed in this ancient work still exist almost unchanged in Demark today.  It also contained the earliest known illustration of Mons Klint, Denmark’s famous glaciotectonic site.

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